For as long as I
can remember I have been fascinated and moved by music. It
has had an enormous effect on my life and, as I have observed,
on the lives of others. Live music is the way in which
people share in the visceral experience that music engenders.
It can lift the spirits, remind one of a sweet memory of long
ago and far away, generate laughter and tears, motivate us to
move through dance, or toe-tapping, or finger-snapping. It
can make us lift our voices in song, or escape into our hearts
through the blending of sounds that musicians and vocalists
Jazz is my
form of music. It is the only musical genre that allows
for on-the-spot creativity. I have always said that if the
world operated the way a jazz band did, we would never need to
be at war. We start with the brilliant themes of the
composers and lyricists and present our idea of their
intentions. Following that initial, musical statement, the
musicians, each in turn, put their own individual interpretation
into play. All are listening and responding to each
musician's creativity. Once everyone has offered their
voice into the process, we all come back together again to
develop a whole new understanding of the composer's original
intent. Every voice is heard, no one is criticized, and
the music evolves to another, collaborative place.
alive, it's interactive. The musicians send sound to the
audience and the audience, in turn sends back their energy to
keep the music vibrant and rich. This brings everyone into
exchanges between audience and performer create a wonderful
healing place. The heart heals from old memories, it
dances with present ones. I am blessed to share the stage
with incredibly attuned players, each in the moment, each with
something special to add to the creative process.
like music, if you think you never liked jazz, you might like to
try it on for size. Many have, and they hunger for more.
I hope I see you on your initial journey into this wonderful
world of sound, or on a return visit.