Jazz interview with jazz tenor and soprano saxophonist Ryan Devlin. An interview by email in writing.
JazzBluesNews.com: – Before we jump into anything historical, can you tell us about what we can expect musically this evening?
Ryan Devlin: – We wanted to have the energy and intensity of the early 70s while having the conversational aspects of earlier twin tenor records.
JBN: – Are there sub-genres within the jazz field that you tend to stay away from or focus on?
RD: – I love the funk genre! It is what got me into Black American Music. The funk scene with James Brown and Maceo Parker really inspired me as kid … and still does! It lead me to the Brecker Brothers band and fusion bands. I also really enjoy classic rock!
JBN: – When your first desire to become involved in the music was & what do you learn about yourself from music?
RD: – It came from my Dad, who is a fantastic professional saxophonist. He inspired me to play and pick up the saxophone.
JBN: – How do you prepare before your performances to help you maintain both spiritual and musical stamina?
RD: – I drink lots of coffee!
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JBN: – What happened when you first heard Bird? Did it make an immediate impact on you?
RD: – I was inspired to learn what he was doing!
JBN: – With such an illustrious career, what has given you the most satisfaction musically?
RD: – Well I have a long way to go … I’m just getting started. The most satisfying thing is being able to create things in the moment with your friends on stage.
JBN: – From the musical and feeling point of view is there any difference between a old and great jazzmans and young?
RD: – I think every era has a different vibe of player….none better than the other, just different
JBN: – What advice would you give to aspiring musicians thinking of pursuing a career?
RD: – Always remember who you started playing! Never forget what made you forget the heroes that made you pick up your horn!
Interview by Simon Sargsyan