Here I am playing on alto saxophone, Amazing Grace (recorded 2008 Never released)...... I've had an amazing and blessed career, playing with or meeting musicians I've only dreamed of before, and been places in the world I had only dreamed of. My close friends know, oh they REALLY know, only for the Grace bestowed upon me did I accomplish any of these things. All of the people in these photos are my heroes. Music masters and all were so kind and generous. True artists. Each one had some childhood music memory for me, Randy Brecker, Benny Golson, Maceo, David Sanborn! Nicest cat and I tried once to sound just like him. Paquito! I heard him with Irakere and clarinet doing the Mozart concerto! Kirk Whalum, his playing brings tears. The ones who are gone Freddie Hubbard, Phil Woods, Kenny Burrell, Bucky Pizzarelli, Snooky Young, Billy Taylor, Frank Foster, Ed Shaughnessy. On and on. They brought us joy. Many didn’t have a lot of financial reward. They shared their hearts with us, every person I met, I could think of a song they played that touched my heart. That’s why I was thrilled. Musicians give their soul to us it takes a lot of work and spiritual energy to deliver. Through these times the music will reminds us of our real beauty.
During this time of COVID-19, let's send love and hope to our medical workers, leaders, family and friends.
We will get through this. Remembering those we have lost already.