|Having the chance to conduct an interview with Byard Lancaster was a great experience for all involved in the project. An important part of the research process was reflection; tying in what we learned in our interview to the subject of the Philadelphia jazz industry as a whole. Here are some of the moments of the interview that particularly stood out.|
"Mr. Lancaster described himself as a “jazz lobbyist”, and it was clear from the interview that he is very passionate in integrating jazz and other forms of music into the
Ron Darbouze"[Byard Lancaster] plays 18 instruments...I did not doubt his talent and neither did he. I feel that he sets a good example for other Philly musicians. He showed us that you have to get by on more than talent. You have to be able to market yourself, you performances, your venues, your instruments, etc. You have to market everything about you."
"Byard’s energetic, enthusiastic, and flamboyant personality simply made this experience extraordinary... the greatest moment in the interview occurred when he decided to play his flute for us and give us a preview of the music that he is releasing in the coming month. I completely enjoyed every second of his song and wished I could have purchased it at that very moment. One of the other interesting topics in our interview was the fact that Byard made it clear to us how business played a vital role in music. He stressed how it was important to be able to make music people will buy because that is the only way to earn a living. I found this aspect of the interview to be very interesting because many times I completely forget about music as a business, and rather think of music simply as a leisure activity."
Lancaster told us that when he rehearsed, there were "no women, no
children, no holiday, no nothing,
all we did was play." For him, jazz
is not a hobby but a way of life, and I think
that spirit of dedication is what Philadelphia needs to bring its jazz
scene back to its former glory. Jazz artists now have to
travel far and wide to experience what they only had to go next door to
accomplish; Mr. Lancaster himself
related his experiences in