Patriotism is problematic. Many reasons for not being proud to be an American—with the approaching election highlighting some of them. But jazz singularly makes me proud to be American. This music celebrates and institutionalizes cultural appropriation—the proverbial gumbo of African, Latin and European forms, fragments, rhythms, styles and intentions that constitute an incontestably significant, positive and American contribution to world culture.
Last night’s @exuberance program with Victor Provost, Alex Brown, Zach Brown and Kush Abadey was original, extraordinary and sublime music-making. I don’t have to tell you this if you were here. Just got an email from one of you:
Spectacular music! And honestly, I don’t think I’ve ever heard a jazz solo in such total quiet. Remarkable experience.
I thank you all for sustaining this space and the music. This music has no downside, nothing diminishing or shameful. And jazz audiences, in my experience, are among the nicest people there are. It’s a thrill for me to turn my home over to audiences, music and musicians representing the best of who we are. Looking forward to seeing you again soon.
Victor Provost is streaming live tonight at 7:15 from Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola on livestream.