Kendra Steiner Editions (Bill Shute)

May 10, 2019

interviews from the Fillius Jazz Archive at Hamilton College

Filed under: Uncategorized — kendrasteinereditions @ 2:47 pm

Recently, someone in a Benny Goodman discussion group I belong to posted a link to an interview with bandleader/pianist Skitch Henderson (perhaps best known to people my age as leader of the Tonight Show band during the Steve Allen and early Johnny Carson eras), who discussed his work with Goodman during part of the interview. The interviewer was a knowledgeable fellow, a musician himself (who could discuss specific musicians’ favorite keys and the like effortlessly), Monk Rowe, who knows just what questions to ask and then how to lay back and let the musicians share priceless stories and details which, were they not to tell them in these interviews and have them documented via audio and video and transcription, would probably fade into ashes eventually, along with the musicians themselves.  Jazz history needs to be preserved. 

Doing a little research after hearing the interview with Henderson, I found that there are HUNDREDS more interviews at the Archive’s You Tube channel and many more resources of all kinds at the college’s website.


Here are the links to get you started:

100+ video interviews from the Fillius Jazz Archve at You Tube

audio interviews and interview transcripts at the Hamilton College website

among the hundreds of musicians interviewed, NAT ADDERLEY, RASHIED ALI, BILLY BAUER, JOANNE BRACKEEN, RAY BROWN, RUTH BROWN, BUDDY COLLETTE, KENNY DAVERN, BUDDY DeFRANCO, RAY BRYANT, JOHN BUNCH, JOE BUSHKIN, and hundreds of others with surnames that begin with letters after “D.”

This is a treasure trove of material. If you want to hear musicians you love who have worked with and lived with and known both on a personal level and on the bandstand night after night musicians as diverse as Duke Ellington, Bunk Johnson, Charlie Parker, Sidney Bechet, Art Hodes, Benny Goodman, Billie Holiday, and a zillion others, put the Archive’s You Tube channel on while you are working (that’s what I’m doing), and just wade in the wisdom…let these masters share the trade secrets with you, and let the tradition continue on….


FRANK WESS, interview from the Archive


ROSEWELL RUDD, interview from the Archive

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