Orrin Keepnews, one of the most respected producers in jazz history, played an integral role in the birth of modern jazz.
I seem to be in a perpetual street fight with uncertainty. The idea of moving forward, taking a chance and risking a dream without knowing the outcome basically feels like torture. So I instinctively set up roadblocks—which I convince myself are goals—and tell myself I’ll go for my dream when I’ve crossed that distant line.
When I was I kid, one of my favorite game shows was Let’s Make A Deal. On it the high-stakes host, Monty Hall, would choose members of the zanily dressed studio audience to make deals. Some were smaller offers, where an audience member could choose between little mystery boxes on a tray that Jay—Monty’s sidekick—brought out. […]
As I’m knee-deep in the frantic (and seemingly futile) house cleaning before family and friends come together for Thanksgiving—and rehearsing lines to best dodge the post-election landmines of differing worldviews and opinions, all teetering together at a dinner table—I started thinking about this country’s first cooperative effort that was successful and pure: the one between […]