All About Jazz

Home » Articles » Music and the Creative Spirit

Dear All About Jazz Readers,

If you're familiar with All About Jazz, you know that we've dedicated over two decades to supporting jazz as an art form, and more importantly, the creative musicians who make it. Our enduring commitment has made All About Jazz one of the most culturally important websites of its kind in the world reaching hundreds of thousands of readers every month. However, to expand our offerings and develop new means to foster jazz discovery we need your help.

You can become a sustaining member for a modest $20 and in return, we'll immediately hide those pesky Google ads PLUS deliver exclusive content and provide access to future articles for a full year! This combination will not only improve your AAJ experience, it will allow us to continue to rigorously build on the great work we first started in 1995. Read on to view our project ideas...

304

Fred Anderson: In Loving Memory....

Lloyd N. Peterson Jr. By

Sign in to view read count
I had the opportunity to interview with Fred Anderson on several occasions. In each instance I walked away with the feeling that I was a better person for the time I spent with him. It was his wisdom, his generosity of spirit, his knowingness that our time here on this planet was short at best, and his humble appreciation to have been able to play music during this lifetime.

He had a gentle soul that was much larger than life, and his sound and spirit reached far beyond the realm of this universe. His passing digs deep and severed a significant piece of music fabric and history. But he left us these words, these precious notes that reflect the soul and spirit of a beautiful and peaceful man. He will be terribly missed....

"Music is life and is bigger than all of us. We need to nurture it, keep the spirit going and like anything artistic in life, it needs to be preserved. And it's difficult to put into words because each person interprets what it means according to how they feel at that particular time in their life. Some people experience it over and over and some people experience it for the first time. It's our existence but you have to listen to hear the story. It's your understanding of yourself and a language that you can learn to speak. When you are faced with difficulty, it can provide you with peace but trying to explain it is another thing completely. It provides a forecast for what's going on at that time. And it's like this life. You don't know when you are going to leave or how long you are going to stay, and then all of a sudden it's over. It is a mystery that is unexplainable and is its greatness." —Fred Anderson (2006)

Tags

Related Video

comments powered by Disqus

Related Articles

Read Buddy Montgomery Jazz Legacy Project Benefit & Concert Music and the Creative Spirit
Buddy Montgomery Jazz Legacy Project Benefit & Concert
by Walter Atkins
Published: October 10, 2016
Read Rita Draper Frazão: A Fine Artist's Representations Of Creative Processes In Music (Part 2) Music and the Creative Spirit
Rita Draper Frazão: A Fine Artist's...
by Henning Bolte
Published: February 21, 2016
Read Rita Draper Frazão: A Fine Artist's Representations Of Creative Processes In Music (Part 1) Music and the Creative Spirit
Rita Draper Frazão: A Fine Artist's...
by Henning Bolte
Published: February 17, 2016
Read Dr. Basil Peter Toutorsky, Classical Composer & Pianist Music and the Creative Spirit
Dr. Basil Peter Toutorsky, Classical Composer & Pianist
by John Wesley Reed Jr.
Published: January 15, 2014
Read Curtis Mayfield: After the Rain Music and the Creative Spirit
Curtis Mayfield: After the Rain
by Lloyd N. Peterson Jr.
Published: December 26, 2010
Read Neil Young and the 2010 Bridge School Benefit Music and the Creative Spirit
Neil Young and the 2010 Bridge School Benefit
by Lloyd N. Peterson Jr.
Published: November 12, 2010
Read "TD Ottawa Jazz Festival 2017" Live Reviews TD Ottawa Jazz Festival 2017
by John Kelman
Published: June 29, 2017
Read "Paolo Fresu at the Magister Giotto in Venice" In Pictures Paolo Fresu at the Magister Giotto in Venice
by Daniele Franchi
Published: October 25, 2017
Read "Telling Stories and Singing Songs" The Jazz Life Telling Stories and Singing Songs
by Peter Rubie
Published: February 26, 2018
Read "Frank Sinatra: Live From Caesar’s Palace | The First 40 Years" DVD/Film Reviews Frank Sinatra: Live From Caesar’s Palace | The First...
by Chris M. Slawecki
Published: September 27, 2017
Read "Carl Bartlett, Jr. at Jazz At Kitano" Live Reviews Carl Bartlett, Jr. at Jazz At Kitano
by Keith Henry Brown
Published: January 13, 2018
Read "The Art of the Duo: Keys and Reeds" Multiple Reviews The Art of the Duo: Keys and Reeds
by Geno Thackara
Published: March 11, 2018