Become a member and get exclusive access to articles, live sessions and more!
Start Your Free Trial

Soweto Kinch

Soweto Kinch

Soweto Kinch had a banner year in 2004, winning accolade after accolade in his native U.K. But to hear the alto saxophonist tell it, his most momentous experience was an autumn sojourn at his aunt’s house in the Bedford-Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn, USA. Kinch arrived in late September and stayed nearly through the end of the year-interrupting the visit only once, for a festival gig in Finland. While in the Big Apple, he mainly kept a low profile, haunting jam sessions and simply taking in the scene.

“I think New York certainly strengthened a single-minded quality in myself,” Kinch reflects by phone, a week after returning home to Birmingham, England. “There are so many great players that there’s more onus and incentive to be an individual-to find those qualities in your playing that help you to stand out.”

Start Your Free Trial to Continue Reading

Become a JazzTimes member to explore our complete archive of interviews, profiles, columns, and reviews written by music's best journalists and critics.
Originally Published