When jazz musicians play in broken time, they improvise their own rhythms where the beat is not explicitly laid out for them. In his latest, soon-to-be-released book, jazz pianist and author Tim Clausen captures the stories of gay men from all walks of life, who have often had to improvise their own melodies over the unpredictable rhythms of their relationships with their fathers.
In this episode, Tim and Dan talk about the vast range of father-son experiences detailed throughout his book, from fathers who were mostly or completely absent to exemplary dads who are unconditionally loving, accepting, and supportive, to fathers who were violent alcoholics, to those who disowned their son once his sexual orientation came to light.
They also talk a little about Tim’s previous book, Love Together, which tells the stories of gay men in long-term relationships.
About Our Guest
Milwaukee area native Tim Clausen is a jazz and blues pianist rooted in the great stride-piano tradition. Self-taught, his stylistic influences include jazz giants Erroll Garner, Art Tatum, Oscar Peterson, Tommy Flanagan, Ahmad Jamal, and Carl Perkins. Tim has been a featured pianist at many of Milwaukee’s finest restaurants, hotels, arts centers and special events, and he has performed at jazz engagements in Houston, Philadelphia and Paris, France. In his related work as jazz biographer, Tim has interviewed dozens of jazz legends while putting together musical histories on his two favorite jazz pianists, Erroll Garner and Dave Catney. Tim published his first book, Love Together, in 2014 and will be publishing his second book on gay men’s relationships with their fathers later in 2017.
Mentioned in This Episode
GoFundMe page for Tim’s upcoming book
Tim’s First Book, Love Together