NPR

| Back to npr.org

Davey Yarborough
CURRENT SHOW
ABOUT THE SERIES
PROGRAM LISTINGS
ARCHIVE
WHERE TO TUNE IN
SHOW HOME PAGE
CONTACT US
Saxophonist Davey Yarborough
"The best thing I think has happened [to jazz] is Ken Burns' project. This has never been done on this level before, and something as monumental as this is not going to be perfect"
   -- Davey Yarborough
Davey Yarborough epitomizes an "unsung hero." A gifted saxophonist and flutist, Yarborough easily could have risen to the upper echelon of jazz musicians. But instead of focusing on a solo career, Yarborough channeled much of his energies into teaching at the Duke Ellington School of the Arts in Washington, D.C. On Billy Taylor's Jazz at the Kennedy Center, Yarborough talks candidly with Dr. Taylor about life as both an educator and a student of the music. Yarborough and Dr. Taylor's trio thrill the audience with searing renditions of Sonny Rollins' "Oleo," Antonio Carlos Jobim's "Triste," Duke Ellington's "In My Solitude" and "Charlie Parker's "Ornithology."

On-demand audio from this show:
Listen to Davey talk about his earliest experiences as music student.
Hear Davey give humorous anecdotes about his family.
Listen to Davey talk about his first encounter with tenor saxophonist Sonny Rollins.
Listen to Davey give his observations on the jazz listening trends of young people.
Listen to Davey talk about music teacher Bobby Felder, who heavily influenced Davey as a young age.
Listen to Davey talk about the upcoming biographical movie on his life and career.

Note: You need the free RealAudio player to listen to audio files.

Related Jazz links:
  • Duke Ellington High School of the Arts
    Visit the high school where Davey teaches. The Web site includes curriculum information, biographies of staff and more.


  • This page and all contents are Copyright 2002 by National Public Radio, Washington, D.C.