I knew I wanted to be a musician when... It was emotional and inarticulate in that I heard sounds and knew that's where I wanted to live; it wasn't until I was in my early twenties that I realized I had both the courage and the compulsion to make a go of it. In other words this sense of "where I want to live" meant "me" creating music.
Your sound and approach to music: What I like to hear is an environment or soundscape or aural world that's autonomous, hermetic. I'm also impatient with narrowing definitions like "song," yet I love accessibility!
Your dream band: It would be full of player all being themselves as they listened to each other and the demands of the music unfolding from them.
What do you think is the most important thing you are contributing musically? Noor, because it's the most deeply felt. I've got "more better" gear now, and technique, but I'm waiting for the "more better" project...
How would you describe the state of jazz today? Jazz is perhaps a an ever expanding label for "music" as so many other "musical" forms ossify around us.
I love jazz because it is both challenging and exhilarating, and the endeavor of improvisation is the highest form of art.
I met so many great musicians--including my two earliest heroes, Maynard Ferguson and Dizzy Gillespie--by attending concerts
and being willing to treat them with the respect they deserve.
The best show I ever attended was the Pat Metheny/Ornette Coleman Song X concert at Cornell University.
The first jazz record I bought was an RCA compilation by Dizzy Gillespie.
My advice to new listeners is to not be afraid to listen to something because you're not familiar with the artists or the band or
the genre or anything - this is music that is best experienced through discovery.