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Let's Celebrate 2011 NEA Jazz Master Hubert Laws!

Washington, DC

Hubert Laws. Courtesy of Spirit Productions

"I got my first flute while I was in high school. What happened was the high school band was playing this piece by Rossini called "The William Tell Overture." The prelude had a big flute solo in there, but in the high school band, there was no one to play that solo. Just about that time, a friend of mine, Sonny King, had a flute in his attic. He gave it to me so I began to play. I went around two days without even being able to make a sound off that thing. But once I started getting a sound, then I learned to play that solo. And that, boy, became like an instant marriage. It was also an escape from having to find reeds for that saxophone and the clarinet. I mean, the sound, I'll tell you, intrigued me, and I've continued to really just love the sound of the instrument. That's how, you know, I got involved with the flute."---2011 NEA Jazz Master Hubert Laws

Visit our Hubert Laws NEA Jazz Masters page to hear more from (and about) this notable violinist

Don't miss our NEA Jazz Masters panel with Hubert Laws and the other 2011 honorees today at 1:00 pm ET! Details here on how to attend live or watch via webcast!

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