The great Scott Thompson in Argentina
Jazz publicist born in New York
By María Cabeza “ When the power of love overcomes the love of power, the world will know peace.”Jimi Hendrix It is not easy to interview a man like Scott Hamilton Thompson; a jazz publicist born in New York; he has worked for the most important television networks and newspapers in the United States, Germany, Spain, interviewed the greatest musicians, wrote for the most outstanding jazz media, and also for Palybill - a total, to date, of 80 invaluable notes. He is one of the pioneering members of the Jazz Journalists Association. He has also worked in radio. What to ask you... -You come from rock, don't you? -Exactly. My roots are rock: I like Jimi Hendrix, David Bowie, Jeff Beck, Johnny Winter, The Who!, James Brown, The Temptations, Aretha Franklin, Santana, Chicago, Freddie King, Motown, Four Tops and a few more. -What is it like to be a publicist and what is the difference with a representative or manager? -They are totally different jobs. A manager gets Gigs, shows and makes money - he laughs -; an advertiser makes an artist known and recognized and brings him to the best possible media both written and radio and, at present, electronic like Spotify, iTunes. -What is jazz? - A jazz musician can play any rhythm. -Who do you listen to? -Many! Miles Davis, Sonny Rollins, Billy Cobham, George Duke, John Coltrane, Randy Weston, Chick Korea, Lenny White, Mahavishnu Orchestra, Dinah Washington, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Frank Zappa and my clients! I don't accept musicians whose music I don't like, I couldn't do it. -What do you think of women and their cry for equality? -It is fair that they earn the same as men, it is valid that they refuse to be submitted or mistreated. The urgent law needs to be applied for these abuses to end. They are as free as men. We are all human beings without distinction of sex, race, or religion. I embrace all races and creeds. -What do you think of jazz in Argentina? -Jazz in Argentina is capturing more followers every day. And, at the same time, these new enthusiasts are infecting others and spreading this wonderful style of music in countries not contemplated before, such as Argentina. -Argentina has wonderful, extraordinary musicians, I would say, and even internationally recognized. I'm not surprised that jazz has come to stay. Walking through the streets of Palermo, enjoying its bars, fairs and its people, I surprisingly came across Alejandro Lerner, who is a great singer and composer. In your country, music is in the air and in your streets! -Do you have Argentinean clients? -This year I had the great honor of working with Argentine pianist Pablo Ziegler - Pablo Ziegler Trio won a Grammy in 2018 as 'Best Latin Jazz Album' with "Jazz Tango". Ziegler continues to develop his Nuevo Tango style, having played side by side for years with the legendary Astor Piazolla. - I have recently added a new client to my roster, pianist Scott Martin and am in charge of his new CD "Alone at Sunset". The release includes the exceptional participation of the sweet Argentine singer/vocalist Josefina Méndez. She interprets "Aquel Gorrión". I had the pleasure of meeting her in person with her family a month ago in Pilar. Méndez has a beautiful CD called TODO LLEGA. It is worth mentioning the vocalist/singer, also from Argentina, Alejandra Condomi Alcorta with whom we are still talking. Condomi Alcorta has a wonderful voice and in two months she is going to release her CD, a mix of jazz, blues, zamba and some surprises. Her songs are written by her (soloist) along with a great musician and composer like Enrique Francis and is finalizing their details in the studies of Jopomusica. He lies down on the couch of this pub in Palermo. I feel that he has left everything in the interview, as he does in his work. He named passion. He spoke of love. He defended the right of women to be vindicated. Friends, music and peace. It takes a good man to slip so much tenderness. Thank you Scott Thompson for so much hope. What a beautiful afternoon in Palermo! The sun accompanied us without haste or pause.