Interview with Legendary Jazz Musician Ted Wald - Tuesday, July 24, at 1:00 p.m.
Tune in to KPTZ 91.9 FM this coming Tuesday, July 24, at 1:00 p.m for Part I of our two-part series: Laura MacMahon’s interview with legendary jazz bassist, Ted Wald. Produced by Larry Stein.
Wald has picked 10 key jazz recordings and talks about why they are important to jazz, and the musicians that made jazz history. On Friday, July 27, at 2:00 p.m. this show will be repeated. Then, stay tuned; in a couple weeks (TBD), Wald continues to share his intimate stories of jazz and jazz recordings, from 6-10, in Part II.
Ted Wald was born Feb. 24, 1929 in New York City. He grew up in Long Island and was first introduced to jazz by his mother who had early Billie Holiday records. His first gig was when he was 13 on a homemade wash tub bass. He graduated to acoustic bass when 15. He has played with such saxophone players as Teddy Edwards, Pony Poindexter, Warn Marsh, Lee Konitz, Sonny Stitt and Charlie Parker, and C. Sharpe. He played on the big bands of Les Elgardt, Jacked Byard, Claude Thornhill. Now in his 80’s, Ted lives in Port Townsend, Washington.
“Blues – An ocean of feelings and harmonies that much of American music rides upon. Jazz is greatly indebted.” - Ted Wald
Photo: Ted Wald at the Tin Palace, where he performed with his group Bird Lore in the early 80’s.