151

NYU Jazz Interview Series: Cindy Blackman

SOURCE:

Sign in to view read count
We didn't know if Cindy was going to make it to the interview as she was delayed in Europe do to a floating ash cloud that was wreaking havoc from the volcano eruption in Iceland. With flights canceled left and right, Cindy navigated her way home like a pro and arrived at the interview early and energized. Right off the bat, Cindy was warm and friendly. Instantly, she made me, and the audience, feel as if we were old friends, totally disarming and sense of ego as she filled the room with amazing positive spirit. Cindy's life has been exceptional in every way, being musically adopted early on by legendary drummers including Art Blakey, Elvin Jones and Tony Williams, she has truly been to the mountain and learned her lessons well from the greatest musicians of out time. But, in talking with her one-on-one, it was obvious that while she is surrounded by an elite group of inspired artists, her personality is grounded along with us common folk as she easily related to anyone in the room and shared her life experiences openly and even with tongue in cheek. There are no musical boundaries for Cindy as she has adapted to a wide array of musical styles, Joe Henderson to Lenny Kravitz. And since our interview, Cindy has become known as Mrs. Carlos Santana. No surprise here, two inspired spirits finding each other.

- Dave Schroeder, NYU Jazz Interview Series Host

Recommended:
Another Lifetime

Produced by NYU Jazz Studies Dept. and Jazz Online and in association with Barnes & Noble, The NYU Steinhardt Jazz Series features interviews with the jazz greats. The series is hosted by Dave Schroeder, Director of Jazz Studies at NYU Steinhardt.

Continue Reading...

This story appears courtesy of Jazz Online By Joseph Vella.
Copyright © 2021. All rights reserved.

Post a comment

Tags

Shop Amazon

Jazz News

Popular

All About Jazz needs your support

Donate
All About Jazz & Jazz Near You were built to promote jazz music: both recorded albums and live events. We rely primarily on venues, festivals and musicians to promote their events through our platform. With club closures, limited reopenings and an uncertain future, we've pivoted our platform to collect, promote and broadcast livestream concerts to support our jazz musician friends. This is a significant but neccesary step that will help musicians and venues now, and in the future. You can help offset the cost of this essential undertaking by making a donation today. In return, we'll deliver an ad-free experience (which includes hiding the sticky footer ad). Thank you!

Get more of a good thing

Our weekly newsletter highlights our top stories and includes your local jazz events calendar.