William Hooker Interview

Source: The Trove.

Seventeen years to the day that William Hooker carried a traumatized woman from the dust and rubble of the World Trade Center collapse about a mile northeast to TriBeCa, we sat in his exposed-brick and wood-paneled living room on Manhattan’s west side to continue a conversation we’d started in Washington, D.C. weeks earlier. Before the exemplary bandleader and free jazz drummer’s extemporaneous trio set at Twins Jazz with two of the dopest improvisers in the nation’s capital, bassist Luke Stewart and tenor saxophonist, Brian Settles, he waxed optimistically on touring his eponymous multimedia chronicle of The Great Migration, his soon-to-launch podcast and the next release in his prolific recording corpus. By the time we reconvened in New York City over tea, his characteristic ebullience was dimmed – only a notch – by a bout of bronchitis, the suitable opprobrium of the election cycle and the remembrance of September 11, 2001.