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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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Fred Hersch And The Art Of Introspection

We join the pianist at his loft in SoHo to talk about his upbringing in Cincinnati, late-night gigs in New York, his recovery from a coma in 2008, and his adaptation of Walt Whitman's poetry.

How Benny Goodman Orchestrated 'The Most Important Concert In Jazz History'

Eighty years ago, barriers were broken when Benny Goodman took a mixed race band to play jazz to Carnegie Hall.

Review: The Bad Plus, 'Never Stop II'

Each album by The Bad Plus can be understood as a planted flag, a marker of group identity. Hear the jazz trio's first record with new pianist Orrin Evans.

Songs We Love: Kat Edmonson, 'Old Fashioned Gal'

On the first single from Old Fashioned Gal, Edmonson pines for a respite from pop-up ads and notifications, for a phone "inextricably connected to a wall."

Lorraine Desmarais On Piano Jazz

The award-winning jazz artist performs original compositions and a set of standards during this 1991 episode.

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The Pace Report: "Friday the 13th: The Micros Play Monk" The Microscopic Septet Interview

During the late 1970’s saxophonist Phillip Johnston and pianist Joel Forrester had a chance meeting that would change both their musical and world’s scope on jazz music. It was by chance that Phillip was practicing and Joel came in and overheard him playing Thelonious Monk’s “Well You Needn’t.” Phillip thought he was waiting for his roommate but just strolled in off the street because of his love for Monk’s music. Needless to say, after many years of playing with each other in other musical units, the two formed The Microscopic Septet which now features Phillip on Soprano Sax, Don Davis on Alto Sax, Mike Hashim on Tenor Saxophone, Dave Sewelson on Bartitone Saxophone, Joel Forrester on piano, Dave Hofstra on Bass, and Richard Dworkin on Drums.

From 1980 until 1992 the Micros released four monumental records that shook-up the jazz scene to rave and stellar reviews. “Take the Z Train,” “Let’s Flip,” “Off Beat Glory,” and “Beauty Based on Science” ushered in a new era of New York City’s downtown music scene/jazz loft scene. Both Phillip and Joel’s love of “Jungle Jazz” of the 1920’s, fused with some Dixieland, and free-form jazz; was against the grain of the “Young Lions” jazz scene that was also the rave during the 1980’s.

Although the Micros never broke up, the guys would always play together in each other’s units. The Micro’s latest cd “Friday the 13th: The Micros Play Monk,” brings the the group back together interpreting music of pianist and composer Theolonious Monk.

The Microscopic Septet will be playing some selected dates. To find out upcoming tour dates or to order their latest disc, visit them on the web at www.microscopicseptet.com.

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