If you missed it, here is the first part of my conversations with Bob Wilber during his New York City visit last month.

Bob Wilber and Pug Horton in performance

Bob Wilber and Pug Horton in performance

A brief re-introduction:

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 second 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 this second offering of wisdom, experience, wit, and joy.  I know I did.

and the fourth part:

May your happiness increase!



  1. Thank you for this-it’s frank & historical.Pug & Bob

  2. “I play it all wrong”

    Thanks for this!

  3. Don "Zoot" Conner

    Thanks again,Michael for the continuation sagas with Bob Wilber.Fascinating stuff!

  4. W. Henry (Hank) Duckham

    Thanks so much for sharing this. There are those that believe that Bob was the most naturally gifted jazz clarinetist of his generation. Hank Duckham

  5. I can’t tell you how much I enjoyed your sessions with Bob Wilber. He is a great musician. Thank you so much for this wonderful post, NM.

  6. Joanne Horton

    Good to hear from old friend Hank Duckham-where are you now?P&B

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