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."
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Say hey Jeanie, thanks everso for your reply, and no I wasn't familiar with Barbara Lea"s artistry till I came across your page...I'm sure I must have some of her "works" in the archive of my music collection that coveers from the 20' on up...Her artistry is a gift to the world indeed, and I am so gratefull for your sharing it her.
One of the beautiful parts of TJN is the exposure everyone has to such an amazing array of talent, the whole spectrum of Jazz. The gamut covers from the written word, ther instrumental, the vocal, the compositional, the publicist, the manager, the "roadies", the fans, and more....,I've learned early in my life that Jazz has no barriers, as to age, race, sex, intellectual ability....everyone...and quite possibly everything has contribted to this incredible art form. At 64 in my second and third careers (because most people here in Maine work "through" "retirement") I've also had the privilige to play jazz with a great many players of ALL ages, and abilities, including some "amatures" with as much skill, grace and talent as some "stars".
So it is a pleasure to learn of the career of Barbara Lea....
I play every Friday night with a trio/quartet and more sometimes at The Riverside Cafe in Ellsworth, its been a sweet 3 year gig so far. The joy of this allows artists to "drop in" and share their artistry with the "world" of "Downeast" Maine...and we've had the privilige of performance gifts of artists fom pre-teen through their nineties....several weeks ago we were graced with the presence and playing of Harry Weiss, a "former" New Yorker (once a New Yorker...always a New Yorker...lol) who at 93 still possesses the "fire" and genius to wow us all for two nights...he taught Music Theory at the same time , and school that Teddy Wilson did in NYC, and shared a friendship as well...a sweetheart of a man with great humanity too....
I shot the picture above in '74, New Orleans, Preservation Hall...the pianist is "Sweet Emma" Barrett in her 80's in that picture and still gracing us with the gift of her jazz...
Looking forward to learning and hearing more of Barbara Lea, thanks for sharing her gifts here....my best to you ...always b
Jeanie...are you a "natural" "tarheel" or a transplant...I'm looking to get back to my roots in Charleston, or the Ashville area when I sell my house up here in Maine...love to network with you anytime, should you need creative visuals.......my best to you always...b