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World Cafe Looks Back: Jazz Greats | March 9, 2012

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Throughout the month of October, we celebrated the 20th anniversary of World Cafe by revisiting some of the best and most memorable interviews of the past 20 years.

Today's World Cafe session features three talented musicians who've uniquely shaped the evolution of jazz: Sonny Rollins, Stanley Clarke and Jack DeJohnette.

The show begins with a look back at the career of Sonny Rollins, one of the greatest living saxophone players. Inspired by the likes of Fats Waller, Rollins says he feels "a holy obligation" to evoke his heroes in his playing. Rollins has released 57 studio albums, and he stopped by World Cafe in 2007 after releasing Sonny Please, his first in five years. In this interview (one of our best), he discusses his lifelong desire to elevate jazz in society, his performances with The Rolling Stones, and the ways his grandmother instilled in him a passion for activism.

From Rollins, we turn to Jack DeJohnette, the Chicago-bred drummer who played with legends like John Coltrane, Miles Davis, Joe Henderson and Thelonious Monk. In this 1998 interview, DeJohnette explains how his uncle, an influential DJ, introduced him to jazz through his collection of 78s. He recounts discovering his talent when a drum set was left in his basement, as well as his experience playing with Davis on Bitches Brew.

Finally, we close with bassist Stanley Clarke. Declared a legend at 25, Clarke was likely the first bassist to headline jazz tours overseas, and he invented both the piccolo bass and tenor bass. In this 2007 interview, Clarke describes his musical childhood in his school's band and orchestra, and discusses his album The Toys of Men.

This segment originally aired on October 17, 2011.(link)


Hour 1

(( )) for interlude music

Charlie Haden "Old Haden Family Show" Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Charlie Haden "Oh Take Me Back" Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Sonny Rollins "Surrey With The Fringe On Top" Blue Note Years, Vol. 6
The Rolling Stones "Waiting On A Friend" Tattoo You

((Aloe Blacc "Take Me Back" Good Things))

Miles Davis Band "Spanish Key" Bitches Brew

((Kim Taylor "You Can Rely On Me" I Feel Like A Fading))

Stanley Clarke "Jerusalem" The Toys Of Men
Return To Forever "Day Ride" Return To Forever
Stanley Clark "School Days" School Days
Stanley Clark "Untitled Song" Recorded Live for the World Cafe

Hour 2

Bob Dylan "Summer Days" Love And Theft
David Gray "Babylon" White Ladder
David Gray "Please Forgive Me" White Ladder
The Strokes "Last Night" Is This It
Ryan Adams "Firecracker" Gold
Alejandro Escovedo "Rosalie" A Man Under The Influence

((Dan Auerbach "My Last Mistake" Keep It Hid))

The Black Keys "10AM Automatic" Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Gorillaz "Clint Eastwood" Gorillaz
The Shins "New Slang" Oh, Inverted World

((The Horse's Ha "Map Of Stars" Of The Cathmawr Yards))

Y La Bamba "Ponce Pilato" Court the Storm
Y La Bamba "Idaho's Genius" Court the Storm
Gillian Welch "I Want To Sing That Rock 'n' Roll" Time (The Revelator)
The Soggy Bottom Boys "I AM A Man Of Constant Sorrow" O Brother Where Art Thou Soundtrack

((Southeast Engine "Curse Of Canaanville" Canary))