The other day at the Portland Jazz Festival someone asked me how my biography of Paul Desmond came about. I gave him the short version, but it occurs to me that folks interested in Desmond might want to hear a fuller account. I gave one a few years ago when I was the guest on Jason Crane’s wonderful interview program The Jazz Session. To hear the podcast, click here.
Hard-cover copies of the Desmond book are getting harder and harder to find, but the Kindle version (click here) , at roughly a third of the hard-cover price, is readily available. (That’s the plug.) The Kindle has all of the photographs, end notes and indexes of the 371-page 10 X 11-inch original…and it’s portable.
While you are on Jason’s site, look down the left-hand column at the interactive list of the dozens—maybe hundreds—of musicians he has interviewed.