I've played the Bass Violin since age 13. Played in the band for the Mike Douglas Show, Andy Aaron & the Mean Machine, Grover Washington, Jr., Airto & Flora Purim, Horace Silver, McCoy Tyner, Art Blakey & the Jazz Messengers, Wynton Marsalis, Freddie Hubbard, Stanley Turrentine and a host of others. I am now teaching Music at Muhlenberg College in Allentown, PA.
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We met through Kenny Kirkland on one of your visits to Baltimore with Wynton Marsalis; a long time ago. I saw your name and I just wanted to reach out. I'm also on Facebook, MySpace, etc. Get back to me, when you get the opportunity.
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."