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This interview is part of the book project “under your skin" which will include Interviews with: Anthony Braxton, Ornette Coleman, Cindy Blackman, Taj Mahal, Yusef Lateef, Matt Waugh, Bob James, Skip Mcdonald, Erika Stucky, Living Colour, Dj Rob Swift, Marilyn Crispell, Dick Griffin, Bill frisell, KutMasta Kurt, Billy Bang, Kahil El'Zabar, Michael Ricci / Allaboutjazz.com, Val-Inc, Chico Freeman, Lonnie Liston Smith, Bobby Watson, Eddie Henderson, Dinosaur Jr, Lydia Lunch, Jack Dejohnette, Zakarya, Fred Frith, Elliot Sharp, Public Enemy, Blixa Bargeld ( Einstuerzende Neubauten ), Mouse on Mars, Esperanza Spalding, Isaku Kageyama, Roy Ayres, Billy Cobham, The Captain, Enzo Rocco, Vijay Iyer, Sam Rivers, Kronos Quartet and many others.
I love jazz because it is a pure American music and can be expressed in different ways depending upon the artist.
I was first exposed to jazz while as a teenager I listened to Duke Ellington, Benny Goodman, and Louis Armstrong, on a jazz
radio station in New York City.