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Rudresh Mahanthappa: Learning from the Past

Video interview with saxophonist who talks about his own jazz education, his collaboration with Bunky Green and his newest band

During the 2011 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 Hiromi, Esperanza Spalding, Ambrose Akinmusire, Anat Cohen, Steve Coleman, Mostly Other People Do the Killing, Miguel Zenon and many others-came in to talk about the festival, jazz education and their own projects. We will be posting these interviews at over the next few months. You can also see more of these video inteviews at the JazzTimes YouTube channel.

In this interview from the Newport Jazz Festival, saxophonist Rudresh Mahanthappa talked about seeing Michael Brecker on television many years ago in performances from Newport and then later coming to play the festival himself with his own groups. Mahanthappa was there to perform with another one of his heroes and influences-Bunky Green-and he talked about how their collaboration evolved. He also discussed his own musical education, teachers and mentors.

Rudresh Mahanthappa on the legacy of Newport:

Rudresh Mahanthappa on his own jazz and music education:

Rudresh Mahanthappa on Bunky Green:

These videos were recorded by Melissa Mergner.

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