I grew up listening to jazz as the music of choice my parents played. I remember when I called home from college and told my mother, "I'm a woman now," as she waited with baited breath for me to explain, "I listen to jazz on my own accord." And she sighed with relief. I've been a "jazz officianato", ever since;even married a jazz artist. Served as his agent manager at one time and signed his first record deal. Worked with the, The Ethnic Heritage Ensemble, Kahil EL Zabar's Orchestra Infinity, Chicago Art Ensemble, Air and Rene McLean. The album is titled "Three Gentlemen From Chicago." Was on the founding advisory board of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM), Forum for the Evolution of Progressive Arts (FEPA); Produced the criticlly acclaimed "Underground Fest," One Flight Up Jazz Series, etc., and currently am a intregal member of the annual 'Watts Towers Day of the Drum And Simon Rodia Jazz' festivals.
I love the authenticity of pure creative expression, Great Black Music "Stronger than itself",jazz, R&B, blues, ballads. It's got to move touch and inspire me. Jazz embodies this ability as a requirement otherwise it ain't jazz.