Sarah Vaughan has a range of four octaves, which — even my instrument is only three octaves. She can hit a note right in the middle of the note, and it's beautiful to hear a singer do that. And she can bend in and out of the key, like a horn. She and Billy Eckstine were very close, and she learned a lot from Billy Eckstine. I enjoy hearing that. A lot of things that you want to hear are things that are in the past, you know?
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Bobby Hutcherson is a vibraphonist, composer and 2010 NEA Jazz Master. He spoke with us in January.