Jamey Aebersold on getting bit by the jazz bug
RUFFIN: NOW, A JAZZ MOMENT
Kid Ory up and under
Jamey Aebersold: Kid Ory, a Dixieland trombonist, I played that over and over.
RUFFIN: NEA JAZZ MASTER JAMEY AEBERSOLD GOT BIT BY THE JAZZ BUG IN JUNIOR HIGH; HE’S BEEN HOOKED EVER SINCE.
Jamey Aebersold: I was busy listenin' to records at that stage in my life. The jazz had intrigued me, 'cause I couldn't figure out how people were playin' what they were playin' without music in front of 'em. And I knew they weren't playin' memorized solos. So I couldn't figure out where all these great solos were comin' from. Of course, it was comin' from their mind and years and years of practice.
Groovin’ High hot and under
Jamey Aebersold: Then I gradually graduated into the be-bop era, like Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie. And man, I was left behind. I couldn't figure out what in the world was goin' on. But I was intrigued by it. So I started buyin' more and more records and listening.
THIS JAZZ MOMENT WITH EDUCATOR AND JAZZ ADVOCATE JAMEY AEBERSOLD WAS PRODUCED BY THE NATIONAL ENDOWMENT FOR THE ARTS.
Excerpt of "Basin Street Blues" composed by Spencer Williams and by performed by the Kid Ory 9, used by permission of MPL Communications, Inc. (BMI) and "Groovin High" composed and performed by Dizzy Gillespie and Charlie Parker from Live at Town Hall, New York City, June 22, 1945, used courtesy of Uptown Jazz and by permission of Bluewater Music Corporation (BMI).