The Jazz Image Minnesota Edition

Series produced by KBEM

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

During his 60-plus 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.


30 Pieces

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Born in Germany, Herb Pilhofer was gigging on piano in the Twin Cities by the mid-'50s and became the Guthrie Theater's musical director in 1963. ...

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Saxophonist-educator Donald Washington moved from Detroit to the Twin Cities in 1987, bringing with him wife/vocalist Faye, and their son Kevin, no...

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Sometimes called the Twin Cities' First Lady of Song, Debbie Duncan has been based in Minneapolis since 1984 after growing up in Detroit and studyi...

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A Philly native, drummer Eric Kamau Gravatt has played with McCoy Tyner, Joe Henderson, & Weather Report. A resident of the Twin Cities for decade...

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Trumpeter Steve Kenny has worked prominently with the Illicit Sextet, and books a long-running series of Saturday night shows in St. Paul. Here he...

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Woodwinds, didgeridoos, percussion, and instrument building are some of the musical outlets for Douglas Ewart who has been part of the Twin Cities ...

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Leigh Kamman's visit with trumpeter-songwriter Gene Adams.

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From church and school singing in her native Hibbing to dates on worldwide stages and 10 album releases, Connie Evingson has a place as one of Minn...

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Pianist, composer, educator, author, and community arts organizer Carei Thomas visits with Leigh Kamman.

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Two Minnesota jazz icons speak: broadcaster Leigh Kamman and stride pianist/clarinetist Butch Thompson.

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Born in Kansas City and trained as a classical pianist, Reginald Buckner became a professor at the University of Minnesota where he helped establis...

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Leigh Kamman's interview with trumpeter-bandleader Ervin 'Red' Wolfe, whose career started at age 11 in Depression-era Sauk Centre, then continued ...

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Leigh Kamman speaks with influential Twin Cities jazz and soul saxophonist Morris Wilson.

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Leigh Kamman's interview with jazz drummer and mallet player, orchestral timpanist, educator and author Marv Dahlgren.

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Broadcaster Leigh Kamman's interview with jazz and pop pianist/vocalist Jimmy Bowman, active in the Twin Cities scene and beyond from the late '40s...

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  • Length: 05:02
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Leigh Kamman interviews St. Paul native jazz vocalist Roberta Davis, who rose to wide prominence in the 1970s and 80s.

  • Added: Jun 28, 2020
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Jazz broadcaster Leigh Kamman visits with trumpeter Ira Pettiford, who played road stints with Earl 'Fatha' Hines, Jay McShann, and Benny Carter, a...

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  • Length: 05:01
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A portion of a chat between broadcaster Leigh Kamman and Minnesota-raised trombonist Bruce Paulson, who had stints with Buddy Rich, Bill Cunliffe,...

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  • Length: 05:00
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Iconic jazz broadcaster Leigh Kamman interviews Minnesota-based pianist Bobby Lyle, who has worked with George Benson, Sly Stone, Al Jarreau, Bette...

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  • Length: 05:00
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Iconic jazz broadcaster Leigh Kamman interviews Minnesota-born bassist Biddy Bastien, who played with Gene Krupa, Sarah Vaughan, and others.

  • Added: Jun 28, 2020
  • Length: 05:04