This interview of the splendid and splendidly durable reed master Jerry Dodgion (born in 1932) created by Ed Joffe, is quite wonderful — not only in his stories of Gerald Wilson, Charlie Mariano, Shorty Rogers, Red Norvo, Frank Sinatra, Erroll Garner, Bill Evans, Jerome Richardson, Thad Jones, Mel Lewis, Joe Newman, Frank Wess, Cannonball Adderley, Coleman Hawkins, Godwin Louis, the importance of the acoustic string bass, playing in a section, and more — but the insight Jerry offers us into the music.
What comes through here is a gentle portrait of a man thoroughly imbued with gratitude, humility, kindness. That Jerry Dodgion is a saxophone master is beyond dispute: that he exudes the calm sweet intelligence of a fully-realized human being is also evident throughout. “Life is a learning experience.” “Get your pen out!”
Even if Jerry Dodgion is not familiar to you, you’ve heard his beautiful sound on many recordings, and the interview is wonderfully rewarding. Don’t miss the final minutes of this video — his unaccompanied chorus of THAT’S ALL, which is memorable and more.
Here is the source — Joffe Woodwinds — to which we owe a debt of gratitude.
May your happiness increase!