Photo Courtesy of Todd Barkan: Interesting perspectives on the art of communication in jazz, as shared by the legendary Lou Donaldson and Benny Golson in a Manhattan studio on Friday, August 21st, 2015 with Todd Barkan and Kevin Struthers for The Kennedy Center ArtsEdge Program which will soon be seen worldwide on the kennedycenter.org website, and also features Jimmy Heath, Camille Thurman, and Stefon Harris.
——Courtesy of OregonMusicNews.com:
Jazz Masters, Jazz household names Lou Donaldson and Christian McBride on Saturday, February 21 in the Art Bar as part of the Portland Jazz Festival’s Jazz Conversations. This is why we bring you these conversations…for moments like these.
Note: the podcast from this 2015 interview at the Portland Jazz Festival that was posted on Oregon Music News no longer appears to be available. Enjoy a partial transcript on the Jazz Times website at https://jazztimes.com/features/back-in-them-days-the-lou-donaldson-interview/
Alto saxophonist Lou Donaldson is an innovator.
He teamed up with trumpeter Clifford Brown and pianist Horace Silver to develop hard bop in the early ’50s, featured brilliantly on drummer Art Blakey’s classic live album “A Night At Birdland.”
In the 6’0s, he helped create soul jazz with a number of hit records using a Hammond organ backing, including his biggest hit, “Alligator Boogaloo.”
Now at age 88, Donaldson brought the house down at this year’s Portland Jazz Festival, and took the time to talk with me about his long and successful career.
As it happens, he was raised in a musical family, though he didn’t expect a life playing music.