Even if I have a good day, I still am aware of other people that are going through really hard, tumultuous things. I don't want to be the person who has a platform and neglects the things I see in my life and experiences.
I don't just play the trumpet because it's something that resonates with me: I play the trumpet because I realize it's a means to help free a lot of people that ain't free.
New Orleans is a place where people are deliberately undereducated so that they can be a labour class - the economy there is tourism, and one of the only outlets that black males have traditionally been allowed is to play jazz music, y'know?
Depending on what you allow, you can still get the blues, man. I'm still trying to figure out where the blues really lies, where the street is.
I live in New York, but I'm gone 310, 320 days a year. My apartment is storage.
Jazz is really 20th-century fusion music. You take West African harmony and rhythm, mix with European harmony, and boom!
It's funny because as a composer, you want to hear your songs live on. I think a lot of times people will create a song and it becomes stagnant or something that they're no longer interested in playing, and they leave it alone.
The one thing that I've learned is that people don't change. Each new generation has the same stuff that the last one did. It's one of those things where jazz kind of works in five-year cycles.
I think a lot of musicians and artists are really one that really only have one trick.
I wouldn't argue that anyone living can play the trumpet better than Wynton Marsalis.
If anyone ever tells me something doesn't go together, it makes me want to try it.
Man I mean, the great thing about playing clubs in Harlem is people have an appreciation not just for the music but for the history of the music.
The music that I make, the younger musicians are referring to it as 'stretch' music.
My main horn is a hybrid of a flugelhorn a coronet and a trumpet, but that's really because, for me, each instrument to me had a different voice, and I liked them all, but I didn't like any one of them singularly.
We didn't have much, but I was raised to believe if you had books, you had a lot. My grandfather and my parents made me and my twin brother Kiel read at least a book a week.
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