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Playing Jazz, And Making a Living

Frank Foster is among many jazz musicians who spent the 1940s and '50s playing jazz and thinking more about getting girls then getting paid. But Foster never planned to live this long. We discuss making a living in jazz.


Felix Contreras, NPR music/jazz reporter

Frank Foster, veteran jazz musician; played tenor sax with Count Basie in the 1950s and '60s

Jason Moran, jazz pianist

John Santos, percussionist and composer, specializing in Afro-Cuban Jazz; started Machete Records label in 1984; new CD, Twentieth Anniversary

Maria Schneider, orchestra leader, composer; latest album is Concert in the Garden; won Grammy in 2004

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