[JPL] This week on The Jazz Session: Sonny Rollins & Henry Threadgill!

Jason Crane|The Jazz Session jason at thejazzsession.com
Mon Apr 26 06:47:05 EDT 2010

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(APRIL 26, 2010) -- "Jazz is as relevant as the yearning of people to be 
free." That's how Sonny Rollins characterizes the music's place in 
modern society. And there's a lot more where that came from in this 
week's interview. As if that's not enough, be sure to check out Henry 
Threadgill on Thursday for more profound insights into the music and the 
life that accompanies it.

It's here! My new book, Unexpected Sunlight, is now available. It was 
published by FootHills Publishing, a 25-year-old independent poetry 
press in upstate New York. For all you jazzheads out there, the book 
does include several jazz poems, including pieces about Henry Grimes, 
Gene Ludwig, Miles Davis and others. It's available right now at 
http://jasoncrane.org/store. Thanks to everyone who has already ordered 
a copy! Speaking of poetry, I'm giving readings from the book in Albany 
tonight (April 26) and in Rochester on May 5. For details about those 
and other events, please visit http://jasoncrane.org/events.

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This week on the show: Sonny Rollins (TJS #163, Monday) and Henry 
Threadgill (TJS #164, Thursday)

Next week: Torben Waldorf (TJS #165, Monday) and Nels Cline (TJS #166, 

Peace, love and jazz,


This week on The Jazz Session:

TJS #163: Sonny Rollins. "Jazz is as relevant today as the yearning of 
people to be free." That’s how Sonny Rollins describes the state of the 
music in this interview, recorded in late 2009 during his European tour. 
He also talks about his early decision to choose music over painting; 
his choice from his earliest days to record controversial songs such as 
"The House I Live In;" and his theory about why the world is full of 

TJS #164: Henry Threadgill. Multi-instrumentalist and composer Henry 
Threadgill has always followed his own particular muse, and his new 
album, And This Brings Us To, Vol. 1 (Pi Recordings, 2009), is no 
different. In this interview, Threadgill discusses the musical language 
he's developed, and the demands it places on the musicians who play with 
him; why he constantly searches for new ways of writing and playing; and 
the changes in the New York scene since the days when he arrived in the 


Peace, love and jazz,


Jason Crane
The Jazz Session
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