Oral history of jazz in Britain

Cooper, Lindsay (1 of 3). Oral history of Jazz in Britain

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    Women jazz musicians, Improvisation (Music)

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    Lindsay Cooper's flat, central London, UK

  • Interviewees

    Cooper, Lindsay, 1951- (speaker, female)

  • Interviewers

    Wilmer, Val, 1941- (speaker, female)

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    Clark, Christopher, 1952-

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    Born London March 3rd 1951. Grandfather played violin, piano and organ for Freemasons. Father sang, mother woud have! Birth date was also opening of the Royal Festival Hall for which father was publicist. Regular visits and trips backstage. Ambition to be a ballet dancer but music more important.Started violin aged 9 but no progress. Pick of the Pops. Learned bassoon with Mrs Williams (mother of Edgar Williams, principal bassoon with Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra). Decided on music as profession. National Youth Orchestra, scholarship to Dartington, taught by Martin Gatt (English Chamber Orchestra). Royal Academy of Music - a wrong, 2 terms only). Interests directed to contemporary music and African music (following educational trip to Ghana where met Desmond Hay, career diplomat and master drummer). Also early music and improvising.

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