Our lives begin as improvisations and are slowly composed. Play is improvisation, so is dancing, also conversation and many sports. Action and reaction and tension and release are things that jazz musicians must master for their improvised solos to be coherent statements. We can learn alot about how to organize our lives and be more […]

Jazz Perspectives

As a player and jazz lover for more than 35 years I’ve observed with interest the current online discussion regarding the future of jazz, and I have some thoughts. Age doesn’t necessarily bring wisdom, but it does bring perspective. They say that the jazz audience is getting older. I’ve been around long enough to have seen a lot of this […]


Go! Go! Hike the ball – now! Jaco’s bare feet were bleeding and the ring finger on his left hand had been jammed and was swollen to the size of a Ball Park Frank. We were playing flag football at Holiday Park in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Jaco had a gig with Ira Sullivan in just a few […]