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The New York Times interview with Gary, “The Jazzman With a Debt to Nashville”

The New York Times interview with Gary: “The Jazzman With a Debt to Nashville”On August 23, 2013 The New York Times published an interview with Gary Burton titled “The Jazzman With a Debt to Nashville.”

SOUTH YARMOUTH, Mass. — There’s a moment in “Learning to Listen: The Jazz Journey of Gary Burton,” an autobiography due out on Sept. 3 from Berklee Press, that depicts the author’s earliest encounter with Miles Davis. It happened at a summer jazz festival in Mr. Burton’s home state, Indiana, and probably could have gone a little better.

The year was 1959. Mr. Burton was 16, a precocious vibraphonist enrolled in the first Stan Kenton Jazz Camp. Davis was playing the festival with his sextet, which had just made the album “Kind of Blue.” “As he paced around on the grass behind the stage,” Mr. Burton writes, “I snapped his photo with my Brownie camera, flashing the bulb in his face, to which he simply replied, sarcastically, ‘Thanks, kid.’ ”

It’s only a passing exchange in the book, but it captures something essential about Mr. Burton.… Read the full article.

—The New York Times

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