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Milt Jackson

Milt Jaxkson on working with different musicians.

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Milt Jaxkson discusses his love for music.

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Milt Jaxkson discusses the ability to communicate through music.

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Q: “It must be a little difficult for you when you do go to places that you’re not always sure the quality of the musicians you’re going to get and you’re not always able to say even the instrumentation you want, are you?”

A: “There’s no problem really with instrumentation. It’s just musicians. In certain towns, if I solicit in them early enough, usually I can get them. Because if they’re on a job or steady gig thing, if it’s in time, they can get or take a week off or something and do it. Because, you know, especially with the larger cities. I don’t have much problems, but in New York. For example, when I got back to New York from Milwaukee, I had to open last Thursday night in a club in New York. And usually I hire the band, okay? This time, they made it a separate contract where I work as a singer. The club owner had to hire the band. Okay? When I got back to New York and I went down around four o'clock or so to set my equipment up, he didn’t have a band. Had completely forgotten that he had to hire the band but yet, I went up a group of musicians who were fantastic; Ronnie Matthews, Rufus Reed and … who was just on that, album with Dexter that you played, and Walter Bolden, a fine drummer, he used to play the part solo. You see, that's the one thing I love about New York where you can do that where I suppose you can’t do that in any other town.”