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JULY 2020

CHICAGO JAZZ

MAGAZINE

Jazz with Mr. C: What I Can Do, Besides What I Have Tried to Do

I have always been aware that my status as a white guy who advocates for the Black arts culture could be associated with the stereotype of the white liberal who enjoys the art but is distanced from the humanity. My interest in African American music and literature is self-driven, partly out of empathy and desire to know, partly because I just enjoy them. Ever since I first encountered Earl Hines’ piano solo in Louis Armstrong’s “St. James Infirmary” or heard Harry Belafonte, Duke, Ella Fitzgerald, the Preservation Hall Band, Stevie Wonder, Oscar Peterson, The Four Tops, Lester Young, James Brown, Jimi Hendrix, Richie Havens, and Taj Mahal, I was attracted...

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