THE MASTER’S TALES (Part One): TALKING WITH BOB WILBER

Bob Wilber and Pug Horton in performance

Bob Wilber and Pug Horton in performance

It was a great privilege — an honor — to be able to interview Bob Wilber at his hotel room in New York City on September 27, 2015.  Bob is someone I’ve admired as long as I’ve been listening to this music: as a reed virtuoso of immense passion and expertise, a composer with 135 ASCAP compositions to his credit, an arranger, bandleader, jazz scholar, and Renaissance man of this music — a man who will turn 88 soon, devoted to his art.  These interview videos are a great gift, not only to me, made possible by the enthusiastic kindness of Bob’s wife, singer Joanne “Pug” Horton, and Bob himself.

Here are the first two segments of four — delightfully free-form evocations, occasionally guided by questions from me.  Since Bob has written an autobiography, a great book, MUSIC WAS NOT ENOUGH, I thought I didn’t want to lead him through that familiar — and glorious — chronicle.  Rather, I thought that this was an opportunity to ask Bob about some of the musicians he’s known and played with.  How many more chances will any of us have to sit down with someone who heard and experienced, let’s say, Kaiser Marshall?

Enjoy these tales.  I know I did and will continue to.

Part Two:

And here are Bob, Pug, and Ehud Asherie — on his eighty-fourth birthday — singing and playing beautifully:

May your happiness increase!

5 responses to “THE MASTER’S TALES (Part One): TALKING WITH BOB WILBER

  1. My older brother used to go from Staten Island to the Central Plaza to hear jazz. I had always pictured it as a small club like so many others but apparently it was a large dance hall. Where was it exactly?

    Pete Hyland, Littleton, Colo

  2. The lower East Side of Manhattan, 111 Second Avenue and Seventh Street. Here’s more information: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/12/06/arts/06arts-GALAFORBILLY_BRF.html?_r=0

  3. Don "Zoot" Conner

    Thank you,Michael,for your tapes of a brilliant and somewhat under-rated cat,Bob Wilber.The oral things should be enshrined in a jazz hall of fame.Spectacular!

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