Chuck Israels, above in the role he will always be remembered, as bassist of the Bill Evans trio, has just given an interview to the Bellingham Herald on the occasion of retiring from his teaching post.
Plenty of other jazz musicians who teach will, inevitably, one day face this moment. Chuck Israels expresses his acute frustration at not being able to bridge the generational gap with his students. He’s had “24 years of being an alien…”
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It’s a fascinating interview. An acknowledgement for spotting it to the sharpest eyes in jazz blogging, those of Peter Hum of the Ottawa Citizen.
Bet his students are highly delighted by his comments.