606 CLUB INTERVIEW: Jim Mullen
Guitarist Jim Mullen will be appearing at 606 Club Monday November 12 with saxophonist Stan Sulzmann & trumpeter Henry Lowther.
When did you first become interested in music, and what circumstances or events led to your becoming a professional musician?
As a young child growing up in post-war Glasgow there was always music in the house. The radio was on all day and my mum sung along with Crosby, Sinatra, Bennett, etc, and, when i got into jazz, I recognised what were the great standards. I started to learn guitar aged 8 playing in a skiffle group. There were no teachers so I learned the wrong way round. Although i'm naturally left handed, I play right handed and use my thumb instead of a pick.this caused many technical problems which took years to overcome. I feel very fortunate that the "Jazz at the Philharmonic" tour came to Glasgow every year, and i was able to hear Ellington, Basie, Ella, Sarah, and Oscar Peterson trio with Ray Brown. These were nights i'll never forget. After a career as a journalist, i got any offer to move to London and that's it really started for me.
Which musicians do you think have had the biggest influence on the Jazz scene and why?
Jazz has always been dominated by the major stylists, from Satchmo to Bird, Miles ,and Coltrane.
If you were stranded on a desert island and could only have three recordings with you, what would they be?
Favourite recordings would have to include Tatum, Billie, and Miles.
What inspires you most?
I'm inspired by the number of young players drawn to this music and the fresh ideas they bring to it.