The Jazz Session #92: Laurie Pepper on Art Pepper


How do you sum up the career of one of the most distinctive saxophonists ever? For Laurie Pepper, spanning the breadth of her late husband Art Pepper’s career was both a daunting and joyous task, one she accomplished with great success on The Art History Project (Widow’s Taste, 2009). The three CDs cover Pepper’s career from the early 50’s to the early 80s, featuring both previously released and never-before-heard music. In this interview, Laurie Pepper talks about the evolution of Art as a saxophonist; why the Contemporary label wanted to erase tapes of Art’s playing; and why she’s changed her mind about fans recordings gigs. Learn more at

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Author: Jason Crane

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