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Eric in The Evening; Art Taylor

Part of From the Vault. Part of Eric Jackson's Radio Legacy.


The interview with Art Taylor marked the first time he had been in Boston since 1959. His 1959 appearance was as a member of Thelonious Monk’s band that was appearing at Storyville. The significance of the date is that Taylor had recorded John Coltrane’s classic “Giant Steps” album earlier that afternoon in New York. - Art Taylor shares his publication titled “Notes & Tones”, a series of musician-to-musician interviews that has proved to be a major work providing revealing and important insights from the perspectives of master African American musicians. - Art Taylor shares his experiences in Europe from 1963 to 1980, including time with Kenny Clark, Johnny Griffin, Dexter Gordon and other master African American musicians who also had moved to Europe. - Art Taylor shares his extensive performing and recording experiences – over 300 recordings - with masters such as Thelonious Monk, Charlie Parker, Bud Powell, Jackie McLean, Sonny Rollins, John Coltrane, Miles Davis, and Dexter Gordon. - Art Taylor shares the influences of Sid Catlett, Papa Joe Jones and Chick Webb. - Art Taylor responds to Eric’s inquiry about any connections between jazz drumming and Africa. Summary and select metadata for this record was submitted by Leonard Brown. Beginning in 1969, Eric Jackson hosted multiple jazz radio shows airing from various Boston based radio stations. He moved to WGBH in 1977 as host for “Artists in the Night”. In 1981, Eric created his own show, “Eric in the Evening”, which now airs on WGBH radio.

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Eric in The Evening
Art Taylor
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Eric in the Evening debuted in 1981 with host Eric Jackson, a Boston jazz radio legend. The program features the best in jazz, in-depth looks at great artists, live interviews, and performances from the WGBH studios. Jackson's personal, mellow manner of presentation quickly made him one of WGBH's most popular personalities, interviewing and hosting live performances with a rich roster of talent from Wynton Marsalis to Ornette Coleman to Dizzy Gillespie.

In 2012 Eric Jackson received the Duke Dubois Humanitarian Award from JazzWeek, a recognition of his commitment to jazz, jazz radio, jazz education and generous service to the jazz community. Series release date: 1981



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Jazz Radio Programs
Taylor, Art, 1958-
Jackson, Eric
Music Industry
Jazz Musicians
Jackson, Eric (Interviewer)
Taylor, Art, 1958- (Interviewee)
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