If you need a bit of inspiration and can carve out an hour for yourself, I cannot recommend enough that you take a look at the NEA Jazz Masters 2020 Tribute. What was to have been a live event in April has been turned into a beautifully produced hour hosted by the incomparable Dee Dee Bridgewater and honoring Dorthaan Kirk, Bobby McFerrin, Roscoe Mitchell and Reggie Workman.
My friend Lilly, the Director of Programming at SFJazz, produced this online event, and she created a program full of insight, heart and connection – and amazing performances, of course. It brings me so much joy to watch my friends find creative solutions to the conundrums of the continued closures here in San Francisco and across the country. Listening to these masters of jazz – their music, their stories – brought me some much-needed inspiration.
At a time when the ugly side of human nature is too often rearing its head, it’s both refreshing and heartening to see the best of what human beings do.