AAJ: What you are saying is that your intentions in music and your purpose in life overlap. Can you give us a brief picture of what your life is about above and beyond the music as such?
DP: Wayne helped me realize that when you perform, you tell stories about yourself and what's important to you. More and more, I try to unite everything I do. I really love the therapy in the music. I love the capacity we have to create antidotes against violence, create a vaccination, and create practical things that help humanity. I love the aspect of music that deals with human development. I'm always open to documenting things that are important to me. And I love to encourage my colleagues to look at music as a therapeutic tool, to help us to become better human beings. Music reveals things that are completely invisible. It's not about ego: "Oh man, I'm jive!" Music, especially jazz and improvisation, reveals everything that you're working for in life. So I'm completely committed to the idea that music can be a great tool for human development.
I travel a lot. I'm going to Africa next week, and all that traveling can become tedious, but it's all become one for me now: Africa, Panama, The Berklee Global Jazz Institute, the Panama 500 band, the Wayne Shorter Quartet, and my whole family, especially my wife and kids. We're all united by this idea of human development through music. Music is a form of social activism. Helping people. Music can provide values for society, to end violence, to help people to concentrate, and to relate to others from different cultures.
I was first exposed to jazz in 1961 (at age 10) when I was in a shopping arcade in Southport, England with my parents. I fell in love with the music playing over the PA system; Take Five by the Dave Brubeck Quartet
I was first exposed to jazz in 1961 (at age 10) when I was in a shopping arcade in Southport, England with my parents. I fell in love with the music playing over the PA system; Take Five by the Dave Brubeck Quartet. After going through Rock 'n Roll, the Beatles and Heavy Metal/Hard Rock phases over the next eight or so years, I finally bought my first jazz album; We're All Together Again for the First Time by Dave Brubeck, Paul Desmond and Gerry Mulligan. I was hooked on jazz, and still am 40+ years later.
I moved from England to the USA in 2002, and founded the Brookfield Jazz Society in 2005.
I became editor of the quarterly IAJRC Journalin 2012. The magazine goes to the worldwide membership of the IAJRC (International Association of Jazz Record Collectors) and many major libraries and educational establishments around the world.
As well as being the editor of the IAJRC Journal, I write about jazz and review CDs, vinyl, DVDs and books on jazz.
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