Goonan Jazz Interview with Jeff Haas
Jazz and Goonan! Link here to Jazz Connections interview: PRHaasInterview
In early February, Jeff Haas of Interlochen Public Radio, WIAA, interviewed me for his marvelous Jazz Connections show.
He began by interviewing Dr. Limb of Johns Hopkins, who devised an fMRI experience that showed that when jazz musicians improvise, the part of the brain that inhibits/edits, the dorsolateral prefrontal cortex, shuts down. This apparently gives the more imaginative part of the brain an opportunity to “tell a story”–that is, leave the grid and soar.
I’ve known this feeling as a singer, as a painter, and as a writer. It’s the state that one longs for when writing–the place where the words that land on the page are not pre-edited, but come from the part of the brain that drives creative work.
At the end of the hour, he interviewed me. Against a skillfully woven background of background of Billie Holiday and Thelonious, Monk, I talk about the connections between jazz and my writing.
Earlier, I linked to the live show, but you can now listen to a podcast of my interview by Jeff Haas via the link at the beginning of this post.