Bakari Chavanu started listening to jazz as a senior in high school (1976). His interest was largely influenced by his dad, but he only vaguely remembers listening to Grover Washington, Jr., Joe Sample, maybe George Benson, and Stanley Turrentine. After going through a progressive rap phase, he turned to modern jazz artists who fill up his iTunes and Rdio.com libraries today. They include of course Miles Davis, Coltrane, Freddie Hubbard, Pat Metheny, Sonny Rollins. His contemporary favorites include Christian Scott, Herbie Hancock (whose jazz fusion cuts he probably listened to in high school), Randy Crawford, Vijay Lyer, Courtney Pine, and the like. Bakari has joined and subscribed to JazzTimes to use as another resource for becoming a jazz aficionado.
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Jaijai, what a wonderful mission you've undertaken to create such a place for artistic minds to meet and share their hearts. A place to renew faded determinations, and revive lessened momentums. A place to display our wares and reconfirm to one another that we actually are on the right track.
I commend you, Jaijai, for caring so much that you created this castle of the heart for all of us. I want to share my praise for all of the new friends as well as old friends that I've met and will meet here in our castle. Here we can garnish the where-with-all, the strength, the conviction, and the selflessness through our symbiosis, to share our gift to the world with an unbiased agenda.
My mentor, Daisaku Ikeda says of art: "A beautiful flower delights and refreshes the hearts of all people equally, no matter what soil it grows in. That is the power of beauty. The same is true of great art. It is this spirit that the German poet Heinrich Heine sang of when he wrote that once the peapod bursts open, the sugar peas inside are for everyone to enjoy."
Mr. Smith’s biggest hit, “Walk Don’t Run,” became famous in covers by other bands, notably the Ventures. Mr. Smith, the writer of “Walk, Don’t Run,” gave up his career in 1958 to care for his daughter.