Herbie Hancock interviews former President Bill Clinton

Our guest for this episode of JAZZIZ Not What You Think is one of the most fascinating people in the world, Mr. Bill Clinton.

President Clinton’s only requests, for a JAZZIZ Magazine cover story were that the magazine focus the topic on music and that one person ask the questions.  With that in mind, the editors went to work on the format and Tom Carter, Founder and President of the Thelonious Monk Institute, who helped orchestrate the interview, suggested that his Chairman of the Board, the legendary artist Herbie Hancock, be that person asking the questions. The editors naturally agreed, came up with the topics to cover, and – as they say – the rest is history. Bill Clinton proved to be as brilliantly versed in music as he is in world affairs.  So enjoy this rare interview with President Clinton, as he faces the music.

I want to thank Tom Carter and Herbie Hancock of the Thelonious Monk Institute – and of course Bill Clinton – for making this interview possible. To learn more about the Monk Institute log onto monkinstitute.org. To get a copy of this issue, where the interview appeared, email [email protected] or log onto jazziz.com.

Intro music: “Kickin’ It” by Jeff Lorber

This episode was mixed by Geoffrey Fagien





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