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Joe Lovano on the Music of Wayne Shorter & More

Video interview with the acclaimed saxophonist and bandleader taped at the 2012 Newport Jazz Festival

Joe Lovano in performance with Soundprints at 2012 Detroit Jazz Festival

During the 2012 Newport Jazz Festival, JazzTimes set up a makeshift video production studio backstage inside the old barracks of Fort Adams. During two afternoons, a succession of artists—including Jack DeJohnette, Jason Moran, Christian McBride, Linda Oh, Donny McCaslin, Dafnis Prieto and several others—came in to talk about the festival, jazz education and their own projects. We have been posting these interviews at You can also see more of these video interviews from the Newport Jazz Festival (in 2011 and 2012), as well as from the Jazz Cruise, at the JazzTimes YouTube channel.

In this interview from the Newport Jazz Festival, saxophonist Joe Lovano talks about his early musical education and development, growing up in Cleveland as the son of a journeyman jazz player. He also discusses the formation of Soundprints, a group he co-leads with trumpeter Dave Douglas, inspired by the music of Wayne Shorter. Finally, Lovano talks about the legacy of the Newport Jazz Festival and his own memories of performing at the festival.

Joe Lovano on his early music education and development:

Joe Lovano on Wayne Shorter:

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Video by Melissa Mergner. Audio by Jen Kim.

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