Sweets Edison: “I wanted to try to be a trumpet player. I’m still trying…”

JazzTimes continues to post eye-opening, colorful interviews with jazz legends, this time with trumpeter and sideman-to-the-stars, the late Harry “Sweets” Edison.  The interview can be found here.

Edison’s experience as a working musician in the time of territory bands and the Armstrongian turn forms an invaluable record of the music’s development.  He also highlights the players for which jazz was a career necessity given the country’s cultural and racial politics, and describes the difficulty of traveling through the segregated South as well as a highly competitive New York jazz scene.  You can practically hear jazz historians’ pencils scribbling away while Edison speaks.

Edison also reminds us that after a night of drinking and partying, it’s always a good idea to check the labels on things before you eat them.  Sage advice in several areas.

Photo Courtesy of Music Bloodline

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