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AAJ: It sounds like you have a pretty full schedule. Do you have any big projects coming up?
AC: I'm going to be releasing two of my CDs on [Japan-based] Venus Records in the U.S. One of the CDs is called Close Your Eyes, The Sultry Sound Of Jazz, and the other is You'd Be So Nice to Come Home To. I'm also working with Tetsuo Hara [owner of Venus Records] to produce a new Brazilian album. After that, my next big artistic ambition is to produce a big band CD. I have all this material that was written for me while I was in the Army band. This project would be to document all the work that I've done over the last decade.
I love jazz because it takes my mind away and is very relaxing.
I was first exposed to jazz by my older brother every morning while eating breakfast before school he would play Hiroshima One which I hated but after he moved away to college and I moved to Miami I fell in love with jazz music.