Sometimes you need to stand with your nose to the window and have a good look at jazz. And I’ve done that on many occasions.
There will never come a time when you don’t have to practice
Jazz is restless. It won’t stay put & it never will.
In those days before hearing Charlie Parker and Dizzy, and before learning of the so-called bebop era–by the way, I have some thoughts about that word, “bebop”–my first jazz hero ever, jazz improvisor hero, was Lester Young. I was a big “Lester Young-oholic,” and all of my buddies were Lester Young-oholics. We’d get together and dissect, analyze, discuss, and listen to Lester Young’s solos for hours and hours and hours. He was our god.
My boyfriend dumped me. My best friend won’t talk to me. My future is in a garbage can. Everything has turned to crap. Can you please just let me be a sullen teenager. just this once
I was lucky enough to occasionally break out of that racist situation that prevails in the Hollywood film production community. But it was racist then and it will always be that way. It will never be otherwise.
That Yes, I know what you mean-that is the technical definition of Best Friend Forever.
There are no black film composers doing the likes of Star Wars, doing the likes of E.T., doing the likes of Jurassic Park. There are none, nor will there ever be one. That ain’t about to happen!