Interview with Lucky Thompson
Remmie Maden, Alex Raffle, Jacquelyn McNaughton, Ryan
Lucky Thompson, drummer
Welcome! We are pleased to share with you our interview with
Lucky Thompson, a phenomenal drummer and musician as well as an
Lucky Thompson has been playing the drums since he was eight years old.
Music came naturally to him because he grew up in a musical family. His
sound is heavily influenced by his favorite drummer Art Blakey. Mr.
Thompson has worked with talents such as Nina Simone, Patti La Belle,
Sonny Sitt, Val Ray, and Big Momma Thorten.
Check out his website: www.phillythroughmyear.com.
The information on this website is from his website and our interview.
Also, look out Mr. Thompson's performances with the Budesa Brothers
around Philadelphia. He also has an album with his band, DNA,
Oughta Have One.
project was a new experience for this group. We had never interviewed a
prominent jazz figure, let alone done any sort of fieldwork. We
unsure as to what we should expect when we interviewed Mr.
In the end, however, we learned a lot about Philadelphia jazz history,
jazz today, and what the it is like to lead the life of a musician.
Below is a full transcription of our 30 minute interview with Mr.
Thompson. We have also included our personal experiences during
the interview. On March 12, 2005, we interviewed Mr. Thompson at
Natalie's Lounge which is located at 4003 Market Street. It is one of
the most famous jazz institutions in Philadelphia.
Thompson Interview Notated in Full
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Personal Experiences (Field
Ryan Horne - Research