Julian Lee

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Recorded to mark Braille Week 1975. Julian Lee, a blind pianist, is interviewed by Les Andrews about his music and career. Talks about meeting Duke Ellington in 1964 and how sorry he was to hear of death. Thought he was a 'far out' player back in the 1930's. Explains about working with Crombie Murdoch and their styles and how they work together as they are both pianists. Recalls meeting Dave Brubeck in the States and Australia and working with him on television shows in Australia. Describes a day in the life of Julian Lee. He uses a guide dog and how he gets around the house. Works as the manager of Library Services at the School For The Blind. Lee also plays alto saxophone along with other instruments. Talks about composing 'Freeway' in 1970 and how he writes music and his use of tape and braille for composing. Discusses blindness in general and that there is a great deal that they are able to do. Includes full musical tracks:
1) You Bought A New Kind Of Love To Me.
2) Satin Doll by Duke Ellington/Billy Strayhorn.
3) Easy To Love with Crombie Murdoch.
4) Take 5 by Dave Brubeck and a piano duo with Crombie Murdoch.
5) If by David Gates.
6) Something by George Harrison and Lee on alto saxophone.
7) Freeway by Julian Lee.

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Year 1975

Reference number 23650

Media type AUDIO

Collection Sound Collection

Credits RNZ Collection
Andrews, Les, 1917-2014 (b.1917, d.2014), Interviewer
Ellington, Duke, 1899-1974, Performer
Gates, David, vocalist, Musician
Harrison, George, 1943-2001, Musician
Lee, Julian, 1923-, Interviewee
Murdoch, Crombie, Musician

Duration 00:28:55

Date 15 Jul 1975

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