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Christian McBride teamed with his wife, Melissa Walker, to create a school music program in Montclair, New Jersey called Jazz House Kids.  Advocating for their program, the couple have become knowledgeable on the importance of music education, and well spoken cheerleaders for arts funding.  As an...
Claude McKnight formed an a cappella quartet on the campus of Oakwood College in 1980.  The group signed with Warner Brothers Records seven years later and has since sold millions of recordings and won countless awards including ten Grammy Awards.  The group has been active in music advocacy...
Keb’ Mo’ is the Grammy-winning blues guitarist and songwriter who got his big break in the music business thanks to Taj Mahal (interview class of 2016).   He has performed as Keb’Mo’ ever since his original drummer, Quentin Dennard, stopped calling him Kevin Moore.  During his NAMM Oral History...
Jonathan Mover began playing drums at age 13, being inspired by the music he heard on the radio. While his career included playing for well-known jingles, winning Grammy’s and producing for artists such as Celine Dion, Shakira, and Rick Ross, it’s his passion for music that most people talk about...
This audio only interview was conducted for a radio program by Dan Del Fiorentino and donated to the NAMM Oral History program: Gerry Mulligan helped define the Cool Jazz genre with his rich baritone saxophone style and a series of historic recordings including several with Miles Davis. He played...
Paul Nelson was playing guitar behind his friend and musical hero, Johnny Winter, when a friendship developed.  The two became musical partners, wrote songs and gigged together over the years.  When Johnny had difficulty getting sober, it was Paul who stepped up to help his friend during a...
This audio only interview was conducted for a radio program by Dan Del Fiorentino and donated to the NAMM Oral History program: Patti Page was the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award winner who broke out from the role as a band singer during the swing era to create a very successful solo career,...
Tom Paxton spoke eloquently about the role folk music played during critical events in American history, such as the Civil Rights movement of the 1960s for which he was involved with. Tom marched, wrote songs, and played the songs of others, such as Pete Seeger, in order to bring about...
Mike Post wrote many hit television theme songs including "Law & Order," "Hill Street Blues," and the "Rockford Files."  His theme for the show "Greatest American Hero" was also a number one hit song on the Billboard charts.  Behind this amazing list of accomplishments is a rock and roll...
Steven Raft is the CFO of Alfred Music.  Steven grew up in Montreal, Canada and he had an early start working in the music industry: as a teenager he was a manager for community dances which used Cerwin-Vega! loudspeakers.  After completing college in California, Steven worked at a Los Angeles area...

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