[JPL] Cannonball & Zawinul...

Jae Sinnett jaejazz at yahoo.com
Wed Jul 19 12:35:49 EDT 2006

Arturo, this falls in line with what I said in my last post. As a leader you hire musicians that can best represent the concept you're trying to create. At least you should. Cannon was no different than Miles in this regard. It simply wasn't a race issue althrough I would bet the thought was there. What I would like to know is if there was ANY consideration from any of the black leaders that hired white musicians back then.....  if they gave any thought as to if by doing so would that make their marketability more appealing? In other words did business play into this at all? My guess is I doubt it but for me it's an intriguing question. 
  I ask this because I remember as recent as the late 70's and early 80's I have had a couple booking agents and presenters ask if I had any white musicians in my band. Stunning isn't it? That wasn't too long ago but back in the 50's and 60's it was even more out so that thinking isn't outside of the realm of possibility. 
  Jae Sinnett  

Arturo <arturo893 at qwest.net> wrote:

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On the heels of Sonny and Jim, Miles and Bill, here's a question regarding
Cannonball's hiring of Joe Zawinul. I've heard comments about Julian taking
criticism for hiring a non-black pianist and supposedely Adderley retorting
Joe has the best sound for his band regardless of color. Can anyone fill in
the details of this anecdote? Truth or urban legend?

Arturo Gómez


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