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Giant Steps

Posted by
Ralph Jones (Detroit, United States) on 4 December 2017 in Lifestyle & Culture and Portfolio.

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.

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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.
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Existence Artistique from Angers, France

superbe ce fond de couleur

4 Dec 2017 9:12am

STEED from D, France

The Beautiful story of Jazz's passionates and a young admirer in these (far) years ....But the Passion rarely dies for who knows in its Art ......Today,they are back in Town,and,in the eye of the same admirer,they always perform,and,more,they are probably at the Top,after a long,hard,but rich and unique musical way .....A touching tribute,Ralph,and a superb picture ....

4 Dec 2017 1:17pm

Rick from Toronto, Canada

A gorgeous shot with colours to match what I'm sure was some vivid sound ! I love the write-up, too. Respect to these true musicians and to the city that has given SO much amazing music to this planet.

5 Dec 2017 7:39pm

Denny Jump from Bellevue, WA, United States

What a magnificent story, Ralph! Even though I disappear a lot ,....and then is truly a thrill to see you always there, presenting your work with such connectivity and artistry and heart. Your work that feeds and encourages ...I have found so much inspiration in your images and text....Thank you for ALL that you give not only to the city of Detroit, but to all of us out here who feel as though we are coming home each time we click on "Ralph Jones!...Cheers sir...denny

6 Dec 2017 4:18am