Jazz Robertson got her introduction into the music scene at the age of 5, when she took in her first live concert: Eric Clapton. But it wasn't Clapton's guitar chops that made her jaw drop; it was Steve Gadd's killer drumming. From that moment on, Jazz wanted to play drums.
Born in Maryland in 1987, Jazz moved with her mother several times before finally settling in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. At the age of 15 she received a drumset from her mother, and within months she was playing in local bands around the city. After passing up an opportunity to go to law school, she auditioned for Berklee College of Music at the age of 19 and was accepted on a full-tuition scholarship. At 21 she studied and played in Athens, Greece with some of the best musicians in the Mediterranean. Now back in Boston, she continues to study at Berklee while keeping up with rehearsals, sessions and shows. Currently plays with the Yvonne Aubert Trio (all women) and leads the Jazz Robertson Trio & Quintet.
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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."