From 1984 until Pepper Adams's death in 1986, Gary Carner collaborated with the influential baritone saxophonist and composer on his memoirs. This fascinating overview of Adams's life and times draws on colorful interview vignettes from the author's unpublished conversations with Adams and other musicians. Candid observations from jazz greats about Adams and his colleagues reveal previously unknown, behind-the-scenes drama about legendary recordings made by Charles Mingus, Thelonious Monk, Dizzy Gillespie, and many others.
Carner is speaking at New England Conservatory as part of a tour in support of Joy Road: the Complete Works of Pepper Adams, a new, five-CD set celebrating the work of the. Carner has also just published a Pepper Adams annotated discography using the same title. Other works by Carner include the books Jazz Performers and The Miles Davis Companion.