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This extensive interview with Cooper-Moore - pianist, composer/improvisor, instrument builder/designer, storyteller, & more - was first published in 50 Miles of Elbow Room issue #1, and is posted here in conjunction with him receiving the Lifetime Achievement award at the 2017 Vision Festival.


June Tyson (1936-1992) was a key contributor as a singer, dancer, and occasional instrumentalist in Sun Ra’s various Arkestras for over 20 years. 50 Miles of Elbow Room issue #2, published in 2002, featured a 1987 interview with Tyson & her husband Richard Wilkinson that was conducted by Phil Schaap, and remembrances from fellow Arkestra members Marshall Allen, Tyrone Hill, Wisteria El Moondew, & Art Jenkins, and friends Susan Pearlstine & Rudy Collins. For this online version, some very sweet youtube videos have been added as well.


Willie Hurt and his family have been vibrant contributors to the fife and drum tradition of north Mississippi for many years. This article presents an interview with Mr. Hurt, along with some audio, video, & photos taken at their family's 4th of July picnics in 2013 & 2014.


RL Boyce and his daughter Shanquisha, Como, MS, 2001 Photo Yancey Allison

In eager anticipation of RL Boyce's NYC gigs on Sept. 7-9, 2012, here is the 2001 interview with him & Jessie "Chip" Daniels (RIP) that was published in a slightly different form in 50 Miles of Elbow Room #2. Also included are bonus audio clips of a few songs that were spontaneously performed that day, plus photos and video from those 2012 shows.

  Cleve Pozar Solo Percussion Cover

Cleve Pozar discusses the making of his classic Cleve Solo Percussion LP (also available here). The interview is from October 2008 and is published here for the first time.

  William Parker Gig Flier

William Parker reflects on his experiences with and involvement in the "loft scene" of New York City free jazz. This article was originally published in slightly different form in the 2001 Vision Festival program. William Parker has graciously allowed 50 Miles of Elbow Room to use images from his Sound Journal to complement the article.

  Turner Program

In the spring of 2003, 50 Miles of Elbow Room teamed up with Dan Rose to co-produce a benefit / tribute to Otha Turner & Bernice Turner Pratcher, who both passed away on February 26, 2003.

An accompanying program, subsequently cataloged as 50 Miles of Elbow Room #3, was given away to those who came to join us in remembrance & celebration. The program contains several exclusive interview segments & photographs. Click on the program cover to launch it as a PDF. You'll need Adobe Reader to do this.