Jazz in Dallas, Texas
Reflecting upon the state of jazz in the state of Texas, it’s alive and well. A recent club date was big-time proof that the art of improvisation lives in the hearts, minds bodies and talents of some very fine young musicians here. Was I dreaming, or did the magnificent sax player in my band have the breathy, full-bodied tone of Lester Young? And the drummer, a master of brushwork – did I conjure him up from some sort of long-lost yearning? No, it was real, allright. And there’s an audience for it, too. A quiet, listening audience. The audience listens to us, and we listen to each other. All of it’s an art form – a skillful interaction of live, in-the-moment musical conversation that’s withstood the test of time to emerge better than ever. This is how we keep the music playing, with the love and support of a community that understands culture. Thank you, Dallas. I’m mighty proud to know you.
Judy Chamberlain can be reached at 972 261-8025