Pharoah Sanders Hears Jazz for the First Time
HEARING JAZZ LIVE FOR THE FIRST TIME [:60]
RUFFIN: NOW A JAZZ MOMENT
SANDERS: One time my band teacher was playing in a club, a nightclub. I knew I was too young to go in, so I went and got an ink pen and tried to make a little mustache here and there. I had a suit. I had a shirt and tie and jacket, and I had some dark glasses on. I thought I'd try to sneak in the club.
RUFFIN: PLAN WORKED.
SANDERS: They let me on in. I sat down, listened to the musicThen, my band teacher peeked around and saw me. He started laughing. I guess he couldn't believe it that I was there. That's when I heard live music. It made me think one day maybe I could play like that.
THIS JAZZ MOMENT WITH NEA JAZZ MASTER PHAROAH SANDERS WAS PRODUCED BY THE NATIONAL ENDOWMENT FOR THE ARTS.