Mary Rose moved to New York City in 1975 and became immersed in the creative and dynamic Jazz Loft Scene where exploration in jazz improvisation was continued from the legacy of free jazz started in the 1960s.
In the 1970s, as many of the jazz clubs started to close, musicians began to open their own performance spaces in New York City’s downtown lofts such as Studio RivBea, opened by Sam Rivers, John Fischer’s Environ, Ali’s Alley started by Rashied Ali, The Ladies’ Fort run by Joe Lee Wilson, and Sunrise Studio, founded by Mike Mahaffay.
During this rich and exciting musical time, Mary joined the Space Light Band led by former Albert Ayler bassist Steve Tintweiss and included Ken Simon, tenor, and Lou Grassi, drums. Other musical influences were guitarist Dan Rose; Mark Whitecage, alto saxophone and clarinet; Perry Robinson, clarinet; Jeanne Lee, vocalist; and Mike Mahaffay, drums, as well as many others of the Jazz Loft Scene of the 1970s.
After listening to the recordings of Charlie Parker and Clifford Brown, she was devoted to learning and playing bebop and standards as well as continuing to play music “outside” the harmonic and rhythmic form of traditional jazz.
Mary studied flute and jazz improvisation with multi- instrumentalist, composer, and educator Makanda Ken McIntyre, and composer and master flutist Robert D*** who specializes in multiphonics and extended techniques on the flute.
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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."
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