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Linda Oh on Dave Douglas, Wayne Shorter, her First Paid Gig and More

Video interview with the bassist/bandleader from the 2012 Newport Jazz Festival

Linda Oh

During the 2012 Newport Jazz Festival, JazzTimes set up a make-shift video production studio backstage inside the old barracks of Fort Adams. During two afternoons, a succession of artists-including Joe Lovano, Jack DeJohnette, Jason Moran, Christian McBride, Theo Bleckmann, Donny McCaslin 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, bassist Linda Oh talks about growing up in Australia and falling in love with jazz and improvisational music. She also discusses her work with Dave Douglas, with whom she was playing at Newport, as well as playing the music of Wayne Shorter in Soundprints. Oh explains why she decided to trace her own cultural roots to Malaysia and China. And she credits a few of her key mentors and educators.

Video by Melissa Mergner. Audio by Jen Kim.

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