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Clarinetist Ben Goldberg Interviewed at AAJ

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Ben Goldberg The diversity of clarinetist Ben Goldberg's musical interests may only be matched by the intensity of his study. He grew up on The Beatles
The Beatles
The Beatles

band/orchestra
and classic jazz, started playing Klezmer music at the University of California, Berkeley in the early '80s, and studied with renowned classical clarinet teacher Rossario Mazzeo. In 1984, he became the clarinetist for The Klezmorim, touring throughout the U.S. and Europe, where he also met and learned from the legendary soprano saxophonist Steve Lacy. In 1987, he started the New Klezmer Trio with drummer Kenny Wollesen and bassist Dan Seamans, a band that led the way in injecting elements of jazz and the avant-garde to the previously insulated world of Jewish traditional music.

Since then, he has worked with musicians as influential and eclectic as Andrew Hill

Andrew Hill
Andrew Hill
1937 - 2007
piano
, Bobby Bradford
Bobby Bradford
Bobby Bradford
b.1934
trumpet
, Bill Frissell, Vijay Iyer
Vijay Iyer
Vijay Iyer
b.1971
piano
, Myra Melford
Myra Melford
Myra Melford
b.1957
piano
, Nels Cline
Nels Cline
Nels Cline
b.1956
guitar, electric
, John Zorn
John Zorn
John Zorn
b.1953
sax, alto
, and the genre-mashing Tin Hat outfit. Today, he is an integral part of the West Coast scene, and leads groups including the Ben Goldberg quintet, which crafted a deeply personal dedication to Steve Lacy with The Door, The Hat, The Chair, The Fact (Cryptogramophone, 2006). 2009 saw the release of Speech Communication (Tzadik, 2009), the first release from a version of the New Klezmer Trio in nine years. Goldberg also started his own record label to put out Go Home (BAG Production Records, 2009), an album of his heavily grooving compositions played by a quartet with Charlie Hunter
Charlie Hunter
Charlie Hunter

guitar, 8-string
on guitar, Ron Miles on trumpet, and Scott Amendola
Scott Amendola
Scott Amendola
b.1969
drums
on drums.

AAJ Contributor Warren Allen spoke with Goldberg about Go Home, Tin Hat, and a multitude of other projects that have engaged this distinctive clarinetist over the years.

Check out Ben Goldberg: Clarinet Communion at AAJ today!


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