Bassist Larry Ridley Interviewed at AAJ
Bassist Larry Ridley has one of the most impressive pedigrees in all of jazz. After coming up in his hometown of Indianapolis, playing with Freddie Hubbard and James Spaulding, Ridley relocated to New York, appearing on some of the 1960s most important records with Hubbard, Roy Haynes, Horace Silver, Hank Mobley, Lee Morgan, Jackie McLean and Dexter Gordon. During the 1970s he recorded his first album as leader, played as a sideman with James Moody and Duke Ellington, and was Thelonious Monk's regular bassist. A prominent member of the jazz education community, Ridley was the founding faculty member of the Rutgers University jazz program and is Executive Director of IAJE's African-American Jazz Caucus. He is also jazz artist-in-residence at the Schomburg Institute for Research in Black Culture.
AAJ contributor Russ Musto spoke with Ridley recently, about his upcoming gig at New York's Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, his views on jazz education today, and his own experiences as a performer over the past fifty years.
Check out Larry Ridley: Them's That Teach Can Do at AAJ today!