Esquizito's Blog – February 2009 Archive (5)

February 24th, 2009 – Carnival Day!

Everything is happening now.



Dear reader, as you no doubt know, this is a very special holiday for us. A magical time when the entire city participates in a bold experiment of collective ecstasy. A day when wild imagination is not only a given but, in many cases, a competition. In this Olympics of the Great Mystery, I uphold in this document, great revelations from the tongue of the Prophet Daniel. He apparently had to go to the blackboard for this one.…



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February 17th, 2009

I hear their voices. “Why do we even need Black History Month?”



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A very potent question, indeed. Granted, Danny Barker was probing in 1976. Thirty-three years ago, lecturing to Xavier University undergraduates, and to me – my generation; indeed – the generation now leading the world. One could easily ask: In our time, now, do African-Americans (Blacks) control any of their creations in the… Continue

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February 14th, 2009 - Saint Valentine's Day!

May you find joy beyond compare, deep within the power of Love.



Here's a special message of love. Two old Cat Daddies whip it on ya'. Old Danny and Old Satchmo... teaming up. Giving you their Vibrations.



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Peace & Pops,

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Maison Musique, New Orleans

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February 10th, 2009

Money.



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Danny Barker was a practical man. By the year 1976, he saw clearly that the descendant's of slaves next frontier, in their quest for freedom was economic.



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Mr. Barker knew his history as well. He knew that by the 1800's, the gens de colour libre of the… Continue

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February 3rd, 2009

Bounce.



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It's not easy, if not impractical, to speculate on what Danny Barker's vision of life actually was, and how his perspectives came to be – by the time he neared the age of seventy, when these lectures took place. He is not for the faint of heart. Nevertheless, Mr. Barker is the real thing. His living highly qualified his assertions, and therefore demands attention.



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SPOTLIGHTED ARTISTS AND BUSINESSES:

DID IT ANYWAY
JAMIE YOUNKIN

PEOPLE
KATHERINE 'KOOL KAT' FARNHAM
A BEAUTIFUL FRIENDSHIP
PHILIPPE PETIT TRIO
REMEMBERING FRED ASTAIRE
WENDY LEE TAYLOR QUARTET
HEAVEN
PETE MALINVERNI TRIO
SYNCHRONICITY
COLIN WHITBY

KEN GREVES "VINTAGE & RARE: THE SONGS OF HAROLD ARLEN VOLUME TWO 

dEE BROWN
REMEMBERING YOU

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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."

Let's be audacious, my friends!

Buster Williams

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