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| The jazz I play is generally
energetic music rooted in the past and pointing toward the future.
I revere and return regularly to music by the great 20th century masters
(Pops, Duke, Bird, Trane, etc.) and also seek out recordings by some
of the less recognized but particularly visionary and unique artists
of the past.
In the jazz of the present, I tend to favor musicians who,
like the historic giants, are creating music that reflects the times
in which they live and stretches jazz in new directions, including
those from diverse cultures who have been drawn to jazz, continually
broadening its musical language.
I especially enjoy exploring Latin jazz in its many varieties
-- Afro-Cuban, Afro-Puerto Rican, Brazilian, Panamanian, Argentine,
Iberian, etc. I try to tie various musical strands together, often
on the spur of the moment, in long sets that ideally gather momentum
in an entertaining and/or educational way...and if all those highfallutin'
hopes don't pan out, you at least end up hearing one good tune after