It was the late 1980's that I first heard Vincent Chandler (trombone) and Alex Harding (baritone sax) perform. They were then teen aged musicians patiently waiting to play for their mentors and show off their chops at Donald Walden's New World Stage. The New World Stage was an after hours jazz venue where most local jazz musicians and any musicians who happened to be in town would meet after their perspective gigs, exchange musical ideas and play for the shear joy of it. Play all night long and sometimes after the sun came up.
I have kept track these young musicians over the years and watched them hone their craft, travel the world, make names for themselves and come back home to Detroit as masters and maestros. It was heart warming to hear them open up a set with a Kenny Cox composition and a pleasure to have witnessed their growth and success as the next generation of jazz ambassadors of the city. Keep doing what you do and pass it along to the next generation.
To document the city in an attempt to inspire an appreciation and understanding of the uniqueness of Detroit, her buildings, and her people.
Speramus meliora; resurget cineribus.
We hope for better things; it will arise from the ashes.