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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Bassist born in Philly. I had the honor of studying with Bassists Tyrone Brown and Jimmy Merritt. Me and my friend Jamaladeen Tacumba used to hang and shed together on a regular basis. I also spent a lot of time playing with pianist Sumi Tonooka. By 14 I was playing bass for the late Rev. James Cleveland. At 17 I moved to New York after getting the gig with drummer Norman Connors. Since then I have had the privilege of working with Noel Pointer, Roberta Flack, Ornette Coleman (along with Jamaladeen Tacumba and AL McDowell in Primetime), Dr. Yosef Lateef, Sadao Watanabe, Marvin Hamlisch, George Benson, Paul Butterfield, Freddie Jackson, Angie Bofill, Peabo Bryson, Change, Ben E. King, Cornell Dupree, Phylis Hyman, Jean Carne and many many more. I am grateful to be able to do what we do and really appreciate those that play so passionately. To those that I know, thank you for being my friend. To those that I will meet, I look forward to getting to know you.
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Hello Larry !
Thanks For Coming Through, I Love Your Pocket Playing Over Here ! I'm Boosting Myself Up Again To Get Back Out There Playing, Sometimes The Local Music Scene Can Kill One's Drive With The Clickish Things They Do If They Don't Know You. But I'm Learning Something New Everyday ! I Hope To do Work With You Someday In The Future Godwilling .
Welcome & Stop By Anytime My Brother ! .....*TiZ*
Wow Larry... you're right: it has been a long time. Fill me in man: did we ever work together when in NYC back in the 70s? In the meantime, I'm trying to configure my page here on the network. It's fun!