The Jazz Image Minnesota Edition

Series produced by KBEM

Caption: Leigh Kamman, Credit: Andrea Canter
Image by: Andrea Canter 
Leigh Kamman 

During his 60 years in jazz broadcasting, Leigh Kamman conducted hundreds of interviews with jazz artists, including many from the Minnesota scene. These are being preserved and edited by the Leigh Kamman Legacy Project and presented as The Jazz Image: Minnesota Edition, a continuation of the The Jazz Image: Special Edition series. These projects are part of the process of preserving and sharing the massive archive of historical recordings he left when he passed away in October 2014.

Leigh Kamman was an internationally known broadcaster and supporter of jazz music who was on the air in Minnesota – with a hiatus for World War II and 6 years in Harlem/New York City - from the late 1930’s at the University of Minnesota radio station to his retirement from Minnesota Public Radio in 2007.

Leigh conducted hundreds of interviews of jazz musicians including those from Minnesota, or lived and performed here from the 1950’s to the early 2000’s. The segments include interviews with musicians such as Irv Williams, Jeannie Arland Peterson, Percy Hughes, Mike Elliot and Anthony Cox.


10 Pieces

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Caption: Shirley Witherspoon record cover, Credit: Catherine M. Wilson
Singer Shirley Witherspoon found inspiration in listening to Billie Holiday and Bessie Smith.

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Caption: Percy Hughes, Credit: Andrea Canter
Percy Hughes played saxophone, and considered Johnny Hodges his role model. Percy was able to meet Johnny and exchange music with him.

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Caption: Mike Elliott's Diffusion record cover, Credit: Joe Ketola
Mike Elliott was a guitarist who founded Natural Life in 1972, and became an important part of the jazz scene in the Twin Cities.

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Caption: Manfredo Fest, Credit: David Ewart
Manfredo Fest was a legally blind bossa nova and jazz pianist and keyboardist from Brazil. He was also a bandleader, and lived in Minnesota for a p...

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Caption: Bright Moments Record Cover, Credit: Scotty Young
Jerry Rusch is a trumpet player originally from Minnesota who became a successful sessions player in Los Angeles.

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Caption: Jeanne Arland Peterson, Credit: Andrea Canter
Jeanne Arland Peterson is the matriarch of the Twin Cities' first family of jazz. Leigh Kamman interviews Jeanne in 1996.

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Caption: Jack McDuff, Credit: Hemu Aggarwal
Leigh Kamman travels to the Artist's Quarter in St. Paul to interview organist Jack McDuff.

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Caption: Irv Williams, Credit: Andrea Canter
Leigh Kamman interviews "Mr. Smooth", Irv Williams.

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Caption: Eddie Berger's Album Bebop and Soda, Credit: Don Riggott
Eddie Berger was the "King of Bebop" in the Twin Cities Jazz scene. Leigh Kamman interviews Eddie, and features his music.

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Caption: Bob Rockwell, Credit: Andrea Canter
Leigh speaks with tenor saxophone titan Bob Rockwell when Bob was visiting from his home in Copenhagen Denmark. He and Leigh talk about how he got...

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  • Added: Jun 12, 2018
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