From the Minds of Jazz Musicians: Conversations with the Creative and Inspired celebrates contemporary jazz artists who have toiled, struggled and succeeded in finding their creative space. The volume was developed through transcribing and editing selected interviews with 35 jazz artists, conducted by the author between 2009 and 2012 in New York City, with a historical essay on each artist to provide context. The interviews feature musicians from a broad range of musical styles and experiences, ranging from Gerald Wilson, born in 1918, to Chris Potter, born in 1971. Topics range from biographical life histories to artists’ descriptions of mentor relationships, revealing the important life lessons they learned along the way.

With the goal to discover the person behind the persona, the author elicits conversations that speak volumes on the creative process, mining the individualistic perspectives of seminal artists who witnessed history in the making. The interviews present the artists’ candid and direct opinions on music and how they have succeeded in pursuing their unique and creative lives.

chapter |3 pages


chapter 1|5 pages

Kenny Werner

chapter 2|5 pages

Don Friedman

chapter 3|6 pages

Wayne Krantz

chapter 4|6 pages

Steve Kuhn

chapter 5|6 pages

Gil Goldstein

chapter 6|6 pages

Chico Hamilton

chapter 7|6 pages

Lenny Pickett

chapter 8|10 pages

Benny Golson

chapter 9|6 pages

John Abercrombie

chapter 10|6 pages

Jack DeJohnette

chapter 11|6 pages

Christian McBride

chapter 12|5 pages

Ralph Towner and Paul McCandless

chapter 13|6 pages

Chris Potter

chapter 14|6 pages

Jimmy Heath

chapter 15|6 pages

Pat Martino

chapter 16|6 pages

Roy Haynes

chapter 17|6 pages

Helen Merrill

chapter 18|6 pages

Lee Konitz

chapter 19|5 pages

Joe Lovano

chapter 20|8 pages

Dave Liebman

chapter 21|8 pages

Phil Woods

chapter 22|7 pages

Jim Hall

chapter 23|6 pages

Paul Winter

chapter 24|6 pages

George Wein

chapter 25|6 pages

Janis Siegel and Cheryl Bentyne

chapter 26|6 pages

Jon Hendricks and Annie Ross

chapter 27|8 pages

Randy Brecker

chapter 28|6 pages

Michel Camilo

chapter 29|6 pages

Gerald Wilson

chapter 30|5 pages

Gary Bartz

chapter 31|6 pages

Bill Frisell

chapter 32|5 pages

Lou Marini

chapter 33|6 pages

Kenny Barron

chapter 34|6 pages

Sheila Jordan

chapter 35|6 pages

Cedar Walton