Legendary drummer Harold Jones talks with me about growing up in Chicago with legends Herbie Hancock and Frank Strozier, and touring with Count Basie, Sarah Vaughn, Duke Ellington, and countless others that will make your jaw drop. He reflects on the great clubs of the 1950s and 60s and the fertile ground they offered young musicians seeking to grow and learn. And he waxes philosophical about playing with dynamics and understanding what the music calls for. A great chat with a great musician. We spoke way back on September 11, 2012 in Austin, Texas when Harold was in town for an Austin City Limits recording with Tony Bennett, who he has toured with for many years.
I republishing this old post as a new episode in Groovin on life. I shared this interview on Soundcloud at the time it was recorded because I had not yet launched the podcast. Shows you how long I had been pondering doing something like Groovin on life. Now that we’re up and running I wanted to include my chat with Harold in the series with the place it deserves. An inspired conversation with a legend in jazz. Enjoy.