Nov 10, 2015
transcribed by Lauren Miller
Berkeley Fudge is a veteran performer who has appeared with Sonny Stitt, Lena Horne, Gene Ammons, Roland Kirk, Don Patterson, Ruth Brown, Esther Phillips, The Impressions, The O’Jays, Bobby Vee, Thelma Houston, Lonnie Smith, and Richard Davis. He had served as artist in residence at Marquette University and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. In addition to having taught at the Milwaukee Area Technical College, has had served as the Milwaukee Jazz Experience’s Director of Music Activities and an instructor for their Central City Jazz Ensemble as well as Music Director for the YWCA Global Career Academy. As leader of the Berkeley Fudge Quartet, he received the 2001 WAMI (Wisconsin Area Music Industry) Award for Best Traditional Jazz Performer and Milwaukee Arts Board’s Outstanding Artist of the Year in 2003. Mr. Fudge was a faculty member of the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music from 1972-2010, was a member of We Six and can be heard on the 2005 CD “Bird Say”.
In this interview, Berkeley Fudge (BF), Jamie Breiwick (JB), Adekola Adedapo (AA), Mark Davis (MD)
That’s where the players were… the young guys. Ever since there has been music. It was always the young guys that were doing it.
JB: Did you get to know Rashaan (Roland Kirk) pretty well when he was here?
BF: Knew him real good.
JB: Did you guys hang out, like practice together or play together ever?
BF: I would sit in with him, you know, because he came with Chuck Christopher, the alto player, and Don Richardson.
JB: Okay, I haven’t heard those names before.
BF: He was from a part of Canada.
JB: From Canada?
JB: Manty told me about him, I think.
BF: The drummer was, ah… Rodger Rhodes was the bass player.
JB: Rodger Rhodes? Ok.