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Russell Procope - Part 2

Here is the continuation of my 1979 Smithsonian interview with Russell Procope. Here, he recollects being traded to Fletcher Henderson's orchestra, touring in Pennsylvania with Jelly Roll Morton, working briefly with Benny Carter at the Arcadia Ballroom in New York, learning from Coleman Hawkins how to play slow, and from Ellington what could be done with a baritone saxophone, etc. He also talks about widespread dislike for John Hammond, and expresses his own negative feelings regarding rock and roll, the group Supersax, and the use of flutes in jazz. 

Procope interview - Part 2

There is more of this interview, but I have to figure out how to fix a broken cassette before I can bring it to you. I'm working on it.


  1. Dear Chris,
    I am doing some research and would like to ask you a few questions. Would it be possible to communicate with you via email? Looking forward to hearing back from you.
    Jesse Chandler

    1. Post an e-mail address here. I will intercept and not publish it—unless you wish me to.