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Christian Scott —
born on March 31, 1983,
Christian Scott, also known as Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah is an American jazz trumpeter, composer and producer... (wikipedia)
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.
Jazz is really 20th-century fusion music. You take West African harmony and rhythm, mix with European harmony, and boom!
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?
I live in New York, but I'm gone 310, 320 days a year. My apartment is storage.