AFRO-AMERICAN MUSIC INSTITUTE CELEBRATES 36 YEARS
Pain Relief Beyond Belief
Most all of my music jazz music heros are, or were, black artists. It is sad to think of the hardships that many had to endure because of the regressive times like the 20"s and 30"s when some of the greatest black artist were struggling to be heard and find a place in the music world. We are all helpless products of our time and black artists reflected those bad times and, for most, overcame almost incredible odds to become artists. As a white pianist, it is very disturbing to be performing jazz, but the black audiences under 40 or so virtually walk away puzzled, while those who are older are caught up in the music and appreciate it. But for the young of today, (black or white), I'm afraid that rap, hip-hop and the like are the only thing they understand, and sadly, almost none of this "music" needs instruments. Under those conditions, how many youngsters are ever going to be stirred into learning how to play an instrument, especially when so much practicing is required to be good? To be a good player, you have to have the love, determination and dedication required to spend the daily hours and years that it takes for any musician to learn his craft.