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A while ago I had a chat with Vytautas Labutis, an influential Lithuanian saxophonist, educator and, at the time, curator of VilniusMama Jazz Festival. He said: "The list of players with top skills is almost endless. Today we have kids who can do amazing things on their instruments, but the world is waiting for a new Coltrane." This phrase set my mind to thinking about this nearly religious aspect of contemporary jazz reality. If He arrives, how will we know? Is there a guarantee that we will recognize his unmatched talent? How can we tell if an icon among us? Or is there any solid criteria?
I love jazz because it relaxes me and rejuvinates me at the same time. It allows me to escape from the stressors of the day and
reconnect to my values of inspiration, inclusiveness, belonging, and positivity.
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