Archie Shepp on Jazz and Philadelphia

ON JAZZ AND PHILADEPHIA [:60]

RUFFIN: NOW A JAZZ MOMENT

I Know About the Life

SHEPP: The music that we call jazz has always been important in the African-American community, especially in the poorer neighborhoods.

NEA JAZZ MASTER ARCHIE SHEPP REFLECTS ON THE MUSIC THAT SHAPED HIS YOUTH IN PHILADELPHIA.  

SHEPP: There was a lot of racism and prejudice, but a lot of music, a lot of blues and some good times. Music was all over Philadelphia.

fade out and into Old Fashioned Fun

You could go down to North Philadelphia and hear young John Coltrane or Johnny Coles, Jimmy Oliver, Jimmy Heath. I suppose that's what jazz is all about, suffering and good times, and somehow making the best of all of that.

THIS JAZZ MOMENT WITH SAXOPHONIST ARCHIE SHEPP WAS PRODUCED BY THE NATIONAL ENDOWMENT FOR THE ARTS.

Excerpt of “I Know About the Life” composed by Paul Webster and performed by Archie Shepp from the album, A Sea of Faces, used courtesy of Black Saint and by permission of [BMI]. Excerpt of “Old Fashioned Fun” composed by Jimmy Heath and performed by Jimmy Heath feat. Cedar Walton, from the album, Really Big!, used courtesy of Concord Music Group and by permission of MJQ Music Inc.[BMI]