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I see myself on a mission. I have a large band with a lot of musicians, and it’s acoustic music. I want to be in this tradition of making acoustic music survive, because I think it’s so important.
Years ago now--in Rhodesia--listening to Voice of America with Willis Conover I heard Bunk Johnson play When The Saints Go Marching In, and Billie Holiday sing Don't Explain. I knew then there was no other life for me than jazz.