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My father's cornet and Wynton Marsalis

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Early memories of my father and his love for music
Albert Maysles Film-maker
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Well, I remember being somewhat puzzled- I don't know just when that began- that my father was, was just a postal clerk because I knew him to, to be a very sensitive person and, I felt much more capable than the kind of demands that were limited as to- with that kind of a job. As I got to know things better I realized that because he was brought up in an entirely Irish neighborhood, in the only Jewish family- his friends were all Irish and amongst the Irish the eventual job is with the Civil Service whether it's as a fireman, a policeman, a postal clerk- and so that, I think, is how he became a postal clerk. But, but he always had such a love for music that when I watched him listening to good music, I received, I think, as best as one could, a music appreciation course and for the rest of my life, by having watched him and his expression as he listened to the music, you know, I've gotten to know and to film all kinds of music.

Albert Maysles (1926-2015) known for his important documentaries on Muhammad Ali, Jimi Hendrix and The Beatles, pioneered the documentary style known as Direct Cinema. He helped create techniques still widely used in modern documentary production, as well as many of the techniques used in reality TV.

Listeners: Rebekah Maysles Sara Maysles Tamara Tracz

Rebekah Maysles, daughter of Albert Maysles, is an artist living between New York and Philadelphia. She has her own line of clothing, Blackberryrose, and co-runs the store Sodafine in Fort Greene, Brooklyn, New York, a vintage and handmade store that sells clothing, books and other products made by artists.

Sara Maysles, daughter of Albert Maysles, is currently doing her BA in East Asian Studies at Columbia University, and working as an Archivist of the photographs and photographic material at Maysles Films Inc., Albert‚s film production company. She spent ten months out of two years working with Tibetan refugees at a center in Nepal, and continues to travel back and forth between America and Asia.

Tamara Tracz is a writer and filmmaker based in London.

Tags: father, music, Irish, Jewish, civil service, social background, postal clerk

Duration: 1 minute, 48 seconds

Date story recorded: September 2004

Date story went live: 24 January 2008