Hail visionary Charles Gayle (from The Wire, 1994)

Saxophonist and pianist Charles Gayle has one of the largest, most urgent and original saxophone sounds to be gayleheard since the 1990s. That was 20 years after he moved from Buffalo to NYC and started playing on the streets, then was “discovered,” promoted and booked by Michael Dorf, operator of the original Knitting Factory. Today (June 11) Gayle is receiving Lifetime Achievement honors and performing with three ensembles at the 19th Vision Festival. I interviewed and profiled Charles for The Wire in March, 1994 — and read part 2, as originally in the magazine, below —


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  1. Alex Lemski says

    Who’s going bring Gayle and a band to Boston before he “retires” – help!