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NEA Jazz Master Snooky Young gives advice to aspiring players

From: National Endowment for the Arts
Series: Jazz Masters Moments
Length: 01:00

NEA Jazz Master Snooky Young is still playing, after all these years.

Jazzmasterslogorev_small NEA Jazz Master Snooky Young has been performing for decades.  In fact, he's played with some of the best jazz bands in the history of jazz - Count Basie, Thad Jones and Mel Lewis, etc.  And he is still playing the trumpet, after all these years. 

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NEA Jazz Master Snooky Young has been performing for decades.  In fact, he's played with some of the best jazz bands in the history of jazz - Count Basie, Thad Jones and Mel Lewis, etc.  And he is still playing the trumpet, after all these years. 

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Nifty Snooky and Toots

NEA Jazz Masters Moments has added some new, nifty moments with trumpeter Snooky Young and the Belgian harmonicat, Toots Thielmans. There are multiple Young moments to choose from -- I like "Snooky Young Gives Advice to Aspiring Players", "Snooky Young's Run-in with the Law" is bittersweet.

Toots Thielemans introduces the birth of his big hit, with "Toots Thielmans on Composing "Bluesette" and talks about his cardboard start on "Toots Thielmans on his Musical Upbringing"

As with the other NEA Jazzmoments I've previously recommended, each can serve your listeners and station in a variety of ways -- and each creates joy in some small way.

Transcript

SNOOKY YOUNG_SNOOKY WISDOM
(:90)

NOW A JAZZ MOMENT…

MUSIC: Catch a Star
CD: Snooky & Marshal’s Album Concord Jazz CCD-4055 (cut 7)

Snooky Young: I know I can’t play like I did when I was 55 or 25, 35. Who can, you know what I’m saying. And that goes for anything. But I’m still in there. I still play.

NEA JAZZ MASTER SNOOKY YOUNG PLAYED WITH MANY OF THE GREATEST BIG BANDS OF HIS DAY – JIMMIE LUNCEFORD, COUNT BASIE, LIONEL HAMPTON, THAD JONES & MEL LEWIS… BUT IT DIDN’T COME EASY. HIS ADVICE TO ASPIRING PLAYERS?

Snooky Young: Practice. And practice a lot. And listen to people you like, imitate em for a while, but after you get to be a man of a certain age you move on, on your own.

MUSIC: up and fades

THIS JAZZ MOMENT WITH TRUMPETER SNOOKY YOUNG WAS CREATED BY THE NATIONAL ENDOWMENT FOR THE ARTS.
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Musical Works

Title Artist Album Label Year Length
Catch a Star Snooky Young Snooky & Marshal’s Album. Concord Records 1989 :00

Additional Credits

Created by the National Endowment for the Arts. Hosted by Delfeayo Marsalis.

Related Website

http://www.nea.gov/national/jazz/index.html