the old jazz musician sat wheelchaired on the Denver mall playing for spare change he wore a jaunty plaid fishing hat held his sax at an angle like Prez blowing the ballad "Lover Man."
the white haired southerner his jovial meat red face bulbous nose varicose veined grin crowded into crimson lined flaccid cheeks crisp white shirt and string tie dropped his knee to the concrete brought sparkly blueberry diamond eyes close to the dark leather wingtip face of the sax man
and like a slow patient lover the old country preacher initiated a rhythm smile selling Jesus:
Do you love Him and want Him enough to rise up from your chair to be healed for His Glory? Can you trust in His Love? Rise Up, brother Leave Your Chair this Morning! Stand Up PROUD In His Love! TESTIFY To The Glory Of His Name!
a disciple lime green polyester sport coat over his white wool chain stitch sweater stopped and praise Jesus, hot for the miracle
the jazzman's eyes turned skyward wide open his thick lipped grin grew the disciple and minister each took an arm:
STAND UP! STAND UP!
held erect a moment dead legs bent feet lying helpless under loose ankles his empty knees buckled collapsing all three to the chair spilling the sax on the sidewalk among brown & yellow leaves
I love jazz because I was born and raised here in America, and it is one of the most significant cultural contributions we have given to the world. It is an incredibly sophisticated artform that continues to challenge boundaries while delighting and engaging listeners of all different ages and backgrounds
I love jazz because I was born and raised here in America, and it is one of the most significant cultural contributions we have given to the world. It is an incredibly sophisticated artform that continues to challenge boundaries while delighting and engaging listeners of all different ages and backgrounds. I love how jazz can involve musicians who may have never met each other can coming together and making incredible music by referring to the Great American Songbook and musicians who have been playing together for years, who have a deep connection and who explore and create original music that is at the cutting edge of musical innovation in every sense. Performing jazz music requires a virtuosity and technique that only strict discipline can teach as well as a spontaneity and playfulness that reflects the simple folk roots of the music.
I was first exposed to jazz as a student in college. Only knowing I wanted to play guitar, I enrolled in an applied music program that focused on Jazz rhythm section playing. The subsequent journey that I have been on since the time that I enrolled in that class has helped me grow not only as a musician but more so as a person.