Oral history of jazz in Britain
Thompson, Gail (1 of 2). Oral history of jazz in Britain
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Thompson, Gail, 1958-, Gale Force, Jazz - Great Britain, Women jazz musicians
2001-06-21 (first session)
Interviewee's home, Tulse Hill, London, UK.
Thompson, Gail, 1958- (speaker, female)
Simons, Andrew (speaker, male)
Gail Thompson (saxes/clarinet/bass guitar/composer/bandleader/educator/singer/actress) born 15 June 1958. Topics discussed: musical family, aunt classical vocal recitalist, mother was a music teacher in Trinidad, older brothers; switching from clarinet to sax at Kingdale School, Dulwich, purpose-built music department with practice rooms and individual lessons by RCM teachers, such as Colin Courtney; playing the baritone sax in NYJO; appreciation Bill Alden's and organisational ability appreciation of Kenny G.; self-criticism of her first CD, on EFZ Records, with a regrettably perfect "muso" quality of top session musicians; Bubbling Brown Sugar Quintet - 1984; Gale Force; dismay at discovering that she had become afflicted with MS (multiple sclerosis), and losing her ability to play; playing with Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers at the Camden Jazz Festival; playing live jazz to new young audiences with DJ Giles Peterson and the early 1980s jazz dance DJ club scene.