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WKHR presents to you compete interviews with some of our favorite personalities.

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Freddy Cole

Telephone Interview from January 13, 2001
Part 1 Playing at Night Town / Playing in Cleveland in the Past / Background Sports Fan
Part 2 Musical Influences / Billy Eckstine Musical Career / Recording Career Europe Influence on Career
Part 3 Recording with Chico O'Farrill / Telarc release "Merry Go Round" Selection of Songs for recording / April 2001 release on Telarc
Part 4 Singing Style and Piano Style / Pianists Freddy enjoys working with / Getting Envolved with Telarc / International Tours
Part 5 Projects working with Natalie Cole / Ken Burns Jazz Series Impressions Com,ing into Night Town
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John Pizzarelli

Telephone Interview from January 13, 2001
Part 1 Night Town / Background on Pizzarelli Family / Recording History for John / Making a Living as a Musician
Part 2 Musicial Influences - Zoot Sims George Barnes - Nat Cole / Material to Play in Concerts / Performance Influence by Nat Cole
Part 3 Recording with Other Musicians - Johnny Frigo
Part 4 Telarc releases "Kisses in the Rain" and "Let There be Love"
Part 5 Developing a Feel for an Audience / Playing for a Small versus Large Audience Ray Kennedy / Playing Overseas / Differences between Audience Reaction
Part 6 Opening Doors by father Bucky / Jazz Education
Part 7 Contemporary Muscians John Enjoys Ken Burns Jazz Series Thoughts
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Ron Mc Croby

Interview from January 23, 2001
Part 1 Growing up in West Virginia, Elmo Tanner Whistling, Disneys "Snow White", Musical Instruments, Technique of Whistling
Part 2 Musicial Influences - Bill Evans Influence, "No Name Jive", Buddy DeFrance, George Stark as a Drummer, Woody Herman
Part 3 Toots Thielemans, Monterey Jazz Festival, Jimmy Lyons, Technique of Breathing for Whistling
Part 4 From West Virgnia to Cleveland, Advertising Executive, Voice Over for Commercials, Term Puccolo, Barbara McCroby Promoting Ron, Jimmy Lyons
Part 5 Dave Brubeck, Ron Performing Now, Jazz Festivals Performances, Currect Recording Idea, Differences in Audiences around the World
Part 6 Performing in Clubs, Cleveland Area Jazz Festivals, Large International Festivals
Part 7 Recordings - "...Plays Puccolo", "The Other Whistler", Arion Consort, "Breezing the Classics", Stars and Stripes Forever
Part 8 Recordings on Concerd, Musicians on Concord Recordings
Part 9 Disney Audition, Voice Over Work, Scooby Doo, Acceptance as a Jazz Musician
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Lev Polyakin

Interview from January 28, 2001
Lev is assistant concert master with the Cleveland Orchestra and a talented jazz violinist.
Part 1 Growing up in Uzbekistan, Finding his way to Cleveland, Soccer, Family musical background, Exposed to Jazz in Moscow, Louis Armstrong's "Hello Dolly"
Part 2 Piano Playing, Jazz Violin Influences, Jazz influences
Part 3 Johnny Frigo
Part 4 Russian Blue CD, Playing Violin at Night Town, Mike Petrone
Part 5 Variety of music on CD, Bob Fraser on recording, Bob playing acoustic versus electric guitar
Part 6 Russian Blue song evolution, All of Me song, Estate Song in Bossa Nova Style
Part 7 Russian Blue music set t Dance, Karen Gabay Dancing to Music
Part 8 Classical Musicians accepting Lev's Jazz playing, Jazz Gigs coming up, Feb. 11 at Fairmont Temple, April 1 at Reinberger, Musicians at Gig
Part 9 Playing Classical Music arounf the World, Classical music turned to Swing
Part 10 Listening to Classical versus Jazz performers, Ken Burns Jazz Series Impression
Part 11 Where to buy "Russian Blue" CD, Performances around Cleveland, Newness of Jazz for Lev
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Toots Thielemans

Telephone Interview from February 15, 2001
Part 1 Sharing Birthday with Duke Ellington, Night Town, Current Tour of U.S., Kenny Werner, Pianists that Toots has Playd with, Billy Taylor
Part 2 Louis Armstrong and Mills Brothers as Influences, Toots recalls Artists who he has worked with, Herbie Hancock
Part 3 Bll Evans, Musical Background in Youth, Family Cafe in Brussels, Accordian Playing, Louis Armstrong as Influence, Enrico Carrusso
Part 4 Playing Music pre BeBop, Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie, John Coltrane, Howard McGhee, Bill Gottlieb, Playing on 52nd Street, "I Can't Get Started", Lennie Tristano
Part 5 Percy Heath, George Shearing, Kenny Werner
Part 6 Current CD, Star Dust, Benny Goodman, Buddy Greco, Dick Hyman
Part 7 Ron McCroby, Night Town, Viola
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Ernie Krivda

Interview from March 8, 2001
Part 1 Cleveland Free Times Award, Scene Magazine Award, Fat Tuesday Big Band, Growing up in Garfield Heights, Ernie's Father as Musician, Starting out on Clarinet, Discipline in Learning to Play Clarinet
Part 2 Father as a Musical Mentor, Pivital Point in Musical Growth, Joining Jimmy Dorsey Ghost Band, Smiling Dog Saloon, Canonball Aderly, Quincy Jones Big Band
Part 3 Living in New York, Innercity Records, Three LPs on Innercity Records, Listening to Records from 1970's and 1980's
Part 4 Coming back to Cleveland in 1980s, Midwest nature of Ernie's Personality, Musical Education as a Teacher
Part 5 Musical Influences from Students, Students Devoid of Jazz Roots, Tri-C Jazz Festival - Musical Education and Concerts
Part 6 Swing City Musical Group, Philosophy of Swing City, Fat Tuesday Big Band, Philosophy of Band
Part 7 Jazz Music into the Future, Restablish Touch with American Culture, Fat Tuesday Big Band New Recording
Part 8 Swing City New Recording "Limehouse Blues", Swingtown , George Foley, Foz and Crow Club, Paula Owens
Part 9 Immediate Future for Ernie, Ken Burns Jazz Series Impressions
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Shirley Cook

Interview from March 17, 2001
Part 1 Women in Jazz Concert, Rhythm Section for concert, Vocalists in the Studio, Debbie Gifford, Nan O'Malley, Debra Davidson, Laura Varcho, Simmie Marie Davis, Extending Musical Knowledge
Part 2 Bringing Performers together, Stevie Woods, Evelyn Wright, Susan Hesse, Delores Smith, Rhoda Marie Casselle
Part 3 Shirley's Musical Background, Growing up in West Virginia, Artists in the Area that Shirley has worked with
Part 4 Tour of Japan with Bo Diddley Jr., Differences in Japan versus U.S., Grape Drink in Japan, 7-Up drink in Japan
Part 5 Clubs in Cleveland where Shirley Sings, Hi and Dry Club, Up Coming Trip to Kansas City, Fat Tuesday Big Band
Part 6 March 31 Concert - 14 Lady Singers
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Terri Pontremoli

Terri is the Associate and Development Director of the Tri-C Jazz Festival

Interview from April 8, 2001

Part 1 Terri's Work with Tri-C Jazz Festival since 1990. Developing Funding for Jazz Festival. Max Dehn
Part 2 Developing Jazz Education with Tri-C Jazz festival. Dr. Thomas Horning as founder of festival. Jerry Jelinek being envolved as a student with 1984-1985 Tri-C jazz festival education program.
Part 3 Seperating Education program from National artists concerts. Mistake of that seperation. Education from national artists. Artist-in-Residence Christian McBride, Dennis MacKrel.
Part 4 Community Outreach program headed by Shirley Cook.
Part 5

Overview of 2001 Jazz Festival

April 19 - Oliver Lake Steel Quartet

Part 6 April 20 - Sy johnson conducting Cleveland Jazz Orchestra in Charles Mingus "Let My Children Hear Music"

April 21 - Jazz at the Met

April 21 - 2pm - Michael Ray and the Cosmic Krewe

April 21 - 5pm - Christian McBride Band

April 21 - 8pm - Poncho Sanchez

April 21 - other events in the day

April 22 - Rosemary Clooney with The Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra
Transition talk to April 25 April 25 - Richard Bona
April 27 - Gregory Hines and Ernie Krivda and The Fat Tuesday Big Band, Tri-C High School All-Stars. Steve Enos as Director

April 28 - 3pm - Joe Lovano Nonet. Cleveland Connection

April 28 - 8pm - Kirk Whalum, Jazz Crusaders and Maceo Parker

April 29 - Jazz Showcase - Tri-C High School All Stars at Reinberger

Community Outreach Programs:

April 14 - Eric Gould

April 18 - Roberto Ocasio and his latin Jazz Project

April 21 - Concert

April 24 - Eddie Baccus Jr and Sr Trio

April 26 - Eddie Baccus Sr. Trio

How to get Ticket Information on Tr-C Jazz Festival
Terri Pontremoli favorite concerts in this years jazz festival. April 26 - Dave Berkman concert Summer with the Jazz Masters Program
Pontremoli family envolvement with Tri-C Jazz Festival. Musical background with Terri, Playing with Jim Hall. Tri-C Jazz Festival Staff dedication. Williard Jenkins
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Gordon Goodwin http://www.GordonGoodwin.com

Interviewed via telephone on May 25, 2001
Gordon is a talented musician, composer and arranger based in Los Angeles. Along with his 3 emmy winning compositions for television, Gordon is the leader out a hot new big band calld The Big Phat Band.
Part 1 Swinging for the Fences CD, background on the Big Phat Band, yearning for writing for a jazz big band.
Part 2 Musicians in the Big Phat Band, Saxaphone section, Trumpet section, Demands on getting together top players.
Part 3 Trombone section, commitment to music by band members, Rhythm section, Guest soloists
Part 4 Background on Gordon Goodwin, natural talent, studying writing and potential in writing, growing up in Kansas then in Los Angeles
Part 5 writing music for cartoons, winning emmys for cartoon music, Silverline records, promoting Big Phat Band
Part 6 Gordons arranging and writing style, Sammy Nestico, Thad Jones styles
Part 7 Swinging for the Fences sales, DVD-audio disc, Extra features on DVD-audio, Audio commentary
Part 8 Compositions on Swinging for the Fences CD
Part 9 Bach 2-Part Invention in D Minor track
Part 10 Writing for Tom Kubis, Bill Watrous, writing for various people, dangers in using demo synthesizers for movie writing
Part 11 Musical future of Gordon, Big Phat Band Touring, Follow up recording, Big Phat Band video, Live Performances by Big Phat Band
Impressions on Ken Burns PBS series on Jazz
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Terry Gibbs http://www.TerryGibbs.com

Interviewed via telephone on June 24, 2001
Part 1 Coming into Cleveland on July21, Cain Park with Fat Tuesday Big Band, Terry's Background, Growing up in Brooklyn, Amateur Contest, Playing in the Service
Part 2 52nd Street in New York Scene in Mid 1940's, Following Musicians around 52nd Street, Trying to understand Bebop, Formative Bebop Players
Part 3 Joinging Tommy Dorsey
Part 4 Buddy Rich Band, Woody Herman Bandleader, Learning from Woody, Pattern Dreamband after Benny Goodman
Part 5 Dreamband New Release in the works, Impact of Band Worldwide, Personel in Dreamband
Part 6 Conrad Gozzo and Dreamband, Rules of Getting a sub in Dreamband, Love of Dreamband music
Part 7 Steve Allen Jam Sessions, Musicial Director with Steve Allen, Rhegis Philbin Show, Satisfaction in Playing with Benny Goodman
Part 8 Never worked with Frank Sinatra, Buddy DeFranco, Retrospective on Past Recordings
Part 9 Younger Musicians Coming Up, Nicholas Payton, James Morrison, July 21st visit to Cain Park and Night Town
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Tierney Sutton

Interviewed via telephone on July 28, 2001
Part 1 Coming into Night Town on Aug 17th, Musicial Background Family background, Musicial influences, Singing as a waitress, Weselyn University
Part 2 Awareness through music, Berkeley College of Music, Jerry Bergonzi as mentor, Moving to .A., Teaching at USC, Absorbing L.A. Musica Scene
Part 3 Telarc - "Unsung Heroes", Instrumental Tribute
Part 4 Blue in Green" recording, Based on Bill Evans Theme
Part 5 Musicians on "Blue in Green", Christian Jacob, Trey Henry, Ray Brinker, Jo LaBarbera, Song "Tiffany"
Part 6 Gentle respect of Bill Evans, Music and approach to group, Musicians coming into Night Town, Shelly Berg, Trey Henry, Rob Perkins
Part 7 Tierney's Approach to Standards, Band collaboration toward music, "Old Devil Moon", Overview of songs on "Blue in Green"
Part 8 "We Will Meet Again" - background
Part 9 "Sometime Ago", "Just You, Just Me" background
Part 10 Blue in Green", "Never Let Me Go", "Autumn Leaves" background and music education
Part 11 Future Goals for Tierney, Next CD ideas, Night Town
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Jack Schantz http://www.ClevelandJazz.org

Interviewed via telephone on September 8, 2001 discussing the upcoming Cleveland Jazz Orchestra (CJO) 2001-2002 concert season.
Part 1 Sept. 28-29 Concert - Paul Ferguson Show - "Friends" CD Release. CJO Big Band on Recording
Part 2 Nov. 23-24 - Buddy Greco Show. Buddy Singin on first half, playing piano in second half.
Part 3 Changes to CJO Friday Night performance venue. Tri-C West in Parma as new Friday Night regular location. Saturday Night Performances at Fairmont Temple.
Part 4 Feb 1-2, 2002 - Willie Smith Show. Grammy winning arrangements for Joe Lovano's "52nd St. Themes". Willie as living link to bebop.
Part 5 March 15-16 - Maria SchneIder Show. Maria as classmate of Paul Ferguson.
Part 6 April 26-27 - Slide Hampton Show. Compositions of Slide for Maynard Ferguson, and Dexter Gordon. Dizzy Gillespie Dreamband, Jon Faddis, Gil Evans Porgy and Bess show.
Part 7 May 31-June1 - Ellington at Newport
Part 8 Jacks Summer activities. year of being a professor at Akron Univ. Jazz Studies with other Arts Organizations. Sy Johnson commission. Dan Wall, Rich Shanklin, Tim Powell, Mark Gonder as Akron faculty. Akron Univ. Jazz studies upcoming year. Bob Brookmeyer charts.
Part 9 Putting Jack on the spot for upcoming CJO concert season. Jacks feelings toward music in CJO programs. Big Bands as writers palette
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Paul Ferguson

Interviewed at Paul's Home on September 22, 2001
Part 1 Background with Paul Ferguson / Growing up in Massillon, Oh./ CWRU Job/ Family Background with Music/ Teachers in High School , College and Graduate School / Family
Part 2 "Friends" new CD. Background on "Blue Highways" CD from 1996/ Rhythm Section on "Friends" - Jim Rupp, Dave Morgan, Russell Schmidt / Cleveland Jazz Orchestra Musicians
"Friends" CD Track Dialog
Part 3 "Blues for Clare"
Part 4 "Fortune Teller"
Part 5

"Didos Lament"

Part 6 "Point of No Return"

"Something for Everyone"

"Not So Happy Talk"
"I Fall in Love Too Easily"
"Nice and Easy", "Only The Lonely", "All The Way"

Photography on CD by Michael Wilson

Music as a Reflection of Life / Jazz Composing and Arranging Legacy

Maria Schneider musical Compositions / Exploring Realms of her Music
Director of Jazz Studies at CWRU / Settlement Jazz Orchestra / Bernie Pelsmajer / Staying Youthful via Teaching / Robert Spakey
Ferguson Family in New Hampshire during Summer / Cleveland as a Musical Market
Futur Projects for Paul / Barbara Knight Recording Project / Reflecting on Past Arrangements or Composing / Looking Forward in Carer
CJO Concert on Sept. 28 at Tri-C West in Parma / Sept. 29th at Fairmont Temple
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Conte Candoli

Telephone interviewed at October 11, 2001
Part 1 Night Town on Oct. 28 and 29th, Pete Christlieb, Mike Woffrd, Recording on Azica Records, Intimate setting at Night Town
Part 2 Conte's Background, Musical Background with Family, Father as Amateur Trumpet Player, Dad encouraged Conte to listen to Louis Armstrong. Travel to Chicago, Learning to Play by listening to records, Playing with Dizzy and Charlie Parker
Part 3 Working with Woody Herman Band, Neal Hefti recommending Conte. Woody motivating Conte's School Work
Part 4 Joining Stan Kenton, Ray Wetzel recommending Conte. 1953 Kenton Band, Shorty Rogers "Conte Candoli", Bill Russo's "Portrait of a Count". Updating "Portrait of a Count"
Part 5 Music of Stan Kenton to Conte. Featuring Individual Band Members.
Part 6 Dublin Tour - Losing Trumpet in 1953
Part 7 West Coast Style of Jazz. More Arranging of Music in West Coast Style.
Part 8 Terry Gibbs friendship, Dream Band, new Dream Band Recording
Part 9 Supersax - Med Flory, Sole Trumpet Player with Supersax, Passing away of West Coast Players
Part 10 Music Education, Clinics with pete Candoli, Feedback from Students, Dominick Farinacci, Lincoln Center Jazz Orch, Tribute to Woody Herman with Joe Lovano
Part 11 Younger Musicians Conte Enjoys, Nicholas Payton, Ken peplowski, Thoughts of Retiring, Selecting Gigs, night Town on Oct 29 and 30th
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Allan Harris

Telephone interviewed at October 21, 2001
Part 1 Night Town - Nov. 4th, Pat Harris, "Love Came" New Release, Updating Songs, Inspiration of Billy Strayhorn Music, Putting Different Musical Touch to Music
Part 2 Musicians on "Love Came", Eric Reed, Don Braden
Part 3 Futur Project of Updating Johnny Hartman and John Coltran famous recording
Part 4 Ceil Brooks III, Ron Affif, Essiet, Essiet
Part 5 Quality of Musicians in Cleveland, Neal Creque, Dae Morgan, Greg Brandy
Part 6 Deciding on Favorite Music on CD "Love Came", Pat Harris as Web Master of www.allanharris.com, Past years Performance of Strayhorn Music
Part 7 Vocal Clinic at Tri-C for Nov. 5th, Importance of Music Education, Philosophy of being a teacher, Ratio of Female versus Male Singers
Part 8 Highlights of Prior Years Gigs, Keater Betts, Sothebys CD Release party, Tommy Flannigan
Part 9 Childrens Miracle Network Benefit, 212-862-3348, Jazz Cruises, Night Town - Nov 4th 216-795-0550
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Buddy Greco

Telephone interviewed at November 17, 2001
Part 1 Cleveland Jazz Orchestra Performance on Nov. 23 and Nov. 24. Arrangers for Big Band Charts. Format of Show.
Part 2 Preference of Big Band or Small Combo playing. Recent London Symphony Gig. Tributes in CJO SHow for Frank Sinatra and Buddy Rich.
Part 3 Peggy Lee Project Update, Joe Lano and Lezlie Anders, New Pruducing Project with Buddy Greco Jr., "Lady D", CJO Gig on Nov 23 and Nov. 24, Thanksgiving Plans
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Marty Ashby

Artistic Director of the Jazz on the Circle Concert Series

Telephone interviewed November 18, 2001

Check out http://www.mcgjazz.org

Part 1 Nancy Wilson Show, Jazz on the Circle, Saturday Dec. 8 - Gartner Auditorium - Cleveland Museum of Art - Nicholas Payton, Tim Warfield
Part 2 January 13, 2002 - Reinberger Chamber Hall at Severence Hall - Michael Brecker, February 9, 2002 - Gartner Auditorium - Cleveland Museum of Art - Eliane Elias Trio
Part 3 March 3, 2002 - Reinberger Chamber Hall at Severence Hall - Tribute to Stanley Turentine - Hank Marr, Houston Person, Russell Malone
Part 4 March 16, 2002 - Gartner Auditorium - Cleveand Musuem of Art - Ron Carter Quartet
Part 5 April 14, 2002 - Bobby Short - Severence Hall - Part of the Tri-C Jazz Festival
Part 6 Manchester Craftsman Guild, History of Guild, Nancy Wilson Christmas CD "A Nancy Wilson Christmas" - Telarc as Distribution Arm
Part 7 Marty and Jay Ashby Musicial Background, Background on working with MCG, Bill Strickland
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