“When I think about jazz music, I think about the millions of musicians who were involved in this before me, who were great musicians and great educators… but they were not documented. And for me in my life, it’s been important to be a part of the documentation of jazz.” – Victor Goines, Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra.
Throughout the year, Pepper has been celebrating the 100th anniversary of the first jazz recording by sharing interviews with modern jazz legends, descriptions of historic sites, and a blog series about the impact of jazz on our national history. If you haven’t yet, please check out the excellent resources we have shared so far.
Eddie Palmieri is a pioneer of Latin and Afro-Cuban jazz music. One of the greats, alongside contemporaries Paquito D’Rivera and Arturo Sandoval, Palmieri has made it his mission in life to keep the flame of Latin jazz burning. Through his tireless dedication to his craft, he has helped to develop and spread the many flavors of the music he loves.
“God gave everybody a little bit of talent. What are you going to do with that little talent that God gave you?” – Arturo Sandoval
Pepper had the privilege to speak with Latin jazz legend Paquito D’Rivera in conjunction with his latest honor. We were asked by the Jazz Education Network to film his acceptance of the LeJENds of Latin Jazz award, and of course we were thrilled at the opportunity. The award is in its third year, having gone to Poncho Sanchez and Candido Camero in 2015 and 2014.
On September 10, 2015, Pepper welcomed world-renowned saxophonist David Liebman, the latest music legend to take part in our Jazz with Pepper master class series. Ever dedicated to the cause of music education, Liebman shared with those in attendance many insights into his playing style and musical philosophy.
For more than a year, we have been pleased to host a number of world-renowned jazz artists through our Jazz with Pepper series. So far, we have had master classes with trumpeter Roger Ingram, guitarist Pat Martino, saxophonist David Liebman, and the Army Brass Quintet. These classes have been a huge hit so far, and we are happy to say that we have even more jazz favorites lined up for the coming months.
When hearing about the prospect of meeting and interviewing Pat Martino, all we could think about here at Pepper was how much we love his music and what musical knowledge we would learn from him. To our surprise and delight, music was not the driving force for many of the life-changing experiences in Pat Martino’s life.
Here we have a fantastic selection of videos from Pepper’s interview with jazz trumpet legend Roger Ingram. Listen to Ingram talk about his new book, Clinical Notes on Trumpet Playing, tell his story from his first lesson with Bobby Shew to his first big break, and discuss his signature mouthpiece collection. You can even watch the full interview. Enjoy!
On Wednesday, February 11th, the Jazz With Pepper series continued with a visit from guitar legend Pat Martino. Eager musicians of all ages filled the Exton reference center in anticipation of a master class presentation from one of the most inspirational players of our time. They were most certainly not disappointed.