Art Blakey and Japan: their Mutual Love Affair
This 1961 Down Beat interview of Art Blakey by Don DeMichael, took place soon after the Jazz Messengers first trip to Japan in January of that year. Buhaina never let the truth ruin a good story, but his telling of his ground-breaking Japanese tour, which opened the country up for modern jazz artists, is not exaggerated. I went to Japan three or four times with Blakey in the ‘80s and the love that the Japanese people have for Art is extraordinary. It was a thing to behold.
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