The roots of jazz are the blues. I have lived the blues. I am a survivor of violence,  poverty, and tragedy. But jazz isn’t just about the blues. It is about the fusion of cultures into a truly American mix, embracing many traditions, acknowledging human sorrow, and striving for more.

Jazz is one of the greatest symbols of what we are capable of as a nation. Often on the front lines fighting against racial segregation, jazz musicians proved that we get the best results when we can all equally participate.

In the story of jazz, we can still find answers to our problems today whether it is about a recent heartbreak or the fight for social justice.

I dream of keeping the story of jazz alive and these old songs relevant.