From the Minds of Jazz Musicians: Conversations with the Creative and Inspired is a new book by Jazz Studies director Dr. David Schroeder. Schroeder’s book celebrates seminal jazz musicians who have struggled and succeeded in finding their creative space.
"My initial thought in developing this book was to create a supplemental text for my jazz history classes at NYU that would inspire my students by sharing the struggles and successes that all jazz musicians experience," explained Schroeder.
"Now that I’ve completed the book, I believe that the artists' stories are an informative and inspirational read for anyone interested in the creative process."
Schroeder developed the book, which was published by Routelege, by transcribing and editing interviews with 38 jazz musicians. He includes a historical essay on each artist to provide context. The book features interviews with musicians from a broad range of musical styles and experiences such as Kenny Werner, Don Friedman, Wayne Krantz, Steve Kuhn, Gil Goldstein, Chico Hamilton, Lenny Pickett, Benny Golson, John Abercrombie, Jack DeJohnette, Christian McBride, Ralph Towner and Paul McCandless, Chris Potter, Jimmy Heath, Pat Martino, Roy Haynes, Helen Merrill, Lee Konitz, Joe Lovano, Dave Liebman, Phil Woods, Jim Hall, Paul Winter, George Wein, Janis Siegel and Cheryl Bentyne, Jon Hendricks and Annie Ross, Randy Brecker, Michel Camilo, Gerald Wilson, Gary Bartz, Bill Frisell, Lou Marini, Kenny Barron, Sheila Jordan, and Cedar Walton. The interviews explore such topics as biographical life histories and artists’ descriptions of mentor relationships, revealing the important life lessons they learned along the way.
With the goal of discovering the person behind the persona, Schroeder elicits conversations that speak volumes on the creative process, mining the individualistic perspectives of musicians who witnessed history in the making. The interviews present the artists’ candid and direct opinions on music and how they have succeeded in pursuing their unique and creative lives.