Richard Lazere, Ph.D.
did you first become introduced to jazz and when was that?
A. I grew up in a home where all kinds of music
were played including jazz. I fell in love with jazz as a teenager
exploring the streets of Manhattan as I passed and then frequented jazz
joints such as The Metropole CafÈ and Birdland, in addition
to so many hangouts in Greenwich Village that featured jazz.
Q. What were your early jazz influences?
A. My parents stressed a love for all expressive
forms and taught us a sense of responsibility to keep the flames of
civilization burning by supporting the musical arts. I grew up with
Benny Goodman, Glen Miller, The Dorsey Brothers, Count Basie (he and
his wife, Catherine, were friends of our family, united in civil
rights/anti discrimination work), and Artie Shaw.
Q. Who do you like to listen to now?
A. Love Robert Moore's work, Glen Miller, George
Shearing, Dinah Washington, Johnny Hartman, Benny Goodman, John
Coltrane, Dorsey Brothers, Stan Kenton, Count Basie, Chet Baker.
Q. What local artists are your favorites?
A. Robert Moore, Johnny Martin, Mary Kadderly,
Rebecca Kilgore, Dave Frischberg, Louis Pain, Dan Balmer, Mel Brown,
Jof Lee, Tony Pacini, Mark Simon, Steve Christofferson, George
Mitchell, Andre St. James, Alan Tarpinian, Janice Scroggins, Dusty
York, Nancy King, Shirley Nanette, Donny Osborne, Mitzi Zilka, Linda
Q. Where do you like to hang out for jazz?
A.Wilf's, Jimmy Mak's, L.V.s, Mississippi Pizza,
Pine St. Cafe, Bijou CafÈ, Jax.
Q. What is your favorite jazz experience?
A. The first Mt. Hood jazz festival finale set,
which featured Mel Torme and Buddy Rich playing/singing together. It
was magical and boosted to the highest heights the excitement of the
launching of the festival.
Q. What are your favorite tunes?
A. The entire Glen Miller Play Book, Tangerine,
Flying Home, On Broadway, Andrews Sisters Play List, and Sing, Sing,
Sing, Flying Home, One Note Samba, Killer Joe.
Q. Who are your favorite jazz singers?
A. Joe Williams, Johnny Hartman, Dinah Washington,
Sarah Vaughn, Diana Krall, Mary Kadderly, Johnny Martin, Janis Mann,
Andrews Sisters, Billie Holiday, Robert Moore, Nancy King, Marlena
Shaw, Marianne Mayfield, Shirley Nanette, Linda Michelet.
Q. What are your current endeavors?
A. Supporting the arts. Keeping jazz viable and
healthy. Taking music appreciation courses on the structure of music
and the history of jazz and blues. Writing musical reviews and feature
articles for Clubscene & Blues Notes.
Melody Lingers On - The Jerry Stuart Story - August 2009
Jazz - April 5, 2008
Dennison - February 10, 2007
Weekend Swan Song" - January 1, 2007
Williams Birthday Bash - November 7, 2006
with Annie Madison - November, 2006
Touch of Elegance" - October 5, 2006
Dressed in an Evening Gown" - September 30, 2006
Ward Trio - September 9, 2006
with Darren Littlejohn - August 26, 2006
the Queen of Scat - August 25, 2006
Moore & The Wildcats - August 17, 2006
Park Jazz Festival (Lazere) - July 16, 2006