Take Five With Winnie Dahlgren
Your favorite recording in your discography and why?
Right now, probably my own album Till We Meet Again. My first album with my own compositions. The journey on this album started over three years ago, and it's a great feeling to finally have finished this project. I'm fortunate to live in a place where there are so many wonderful musicians, and happy to have some of them play on this.
The first Jazz album I bought was:
The Oscar Peterson Trio, We Get Requests.
What do you think is the most important thing you are contributing musically?
I hope it's beyond the music itself, and what I contribute through music. With my work as an educator, not only in the daily classroom teaching, but especially through my work abroad when going to places like Mozambique.
Bringing music education to people that otherwise would not have the chance, but have the desire and talent, is something that's very dear to my heart.
Did you know...
I used to compete in track and field. 400m hurdles was my favorite event. Running is still one of my favorite things to do, keeps the mind and body balanced.
CDs you are listening to now:
Miles Davis, Bitches Brew (Columbia);
Jaco Pastorius Big Band, Word of Mouth Revisited;
Gary Burton, Generations (Concord Records);
Bob Mintzer Big Band, Bob Mintzer Big Band (MCG Jazz);
Sherma Andrews, Guilty.
Desert Island picks:
Steps Ahead, Modern Times (Elektra/Asylum Records);
Niels-Henning Orsted Pedersen/Palle Mikkelborg, Hommage/Once Upon A Time (Sonet);
Weather Report, Black Market (Columbia);
Djavan, Seduzir (World Pacific);
Gary Burton/Chick Corea, Duet (ECM).
How would you describe the state of jazz today?
Very much alive.
What is in the near future?
I'm busy right now planning a trip to Mozambique for May 2011, with a group of colleaguesfellow musicians/music educators. This is a continuation of my "No Boudaries/Sem Fronteiras" project, which I launched in 2007 with Mozambican singer Stewart Sukuma. The long-term plan is to found a non-profit foundation that will bring music education to places like Mozambique, where there's so much musical talent, and unfortunately not a lot of resources.
Plus with my album, Till We Meet Again, released, time to promote and find opportunities to perform with my band. So between my full-time day job and these projects, no time to get bored.
I'm an Associate Professor at Berklee College of Music. Enjoying teaching the students, while learning from them.
If I weren't a jazz musician, I would be a:
Either some kind of doctor, the human body is an amazing machine, or something with lots of travel involved, I love learning about the different cultures around the world.
Courtesy of Winnie Dahlgren