The National Museum of American History has designated April as Jazz Appreciation Month (JAM). So in the spirit of JAM, Hamilton’s Fillius Jazz Archive is featuring one artist daily on the news site along with that individual’s archived audio interview. Today’s featured artist is Béla Fleck.
Béla Fleck was born in New York City on July 10, 1958. He transformed the traditional role of the banjo while creating his own distinctive musical genre with the Flecktones.
He has enjoyed musical collaborations with artists such as Bruce Hornsby, Chic Corea and Branford Marsalis, and has received multiple Grammy awards for his recordings and compositions.
Fleck was interviewed by Monk Rowe, the Joe Williams Director of the Jazz Archive, on Dec. 7, 2004, in Clinton, N.Y.
To listen to the audio recording of the interview, click here and choose “audio” in the column on the right.