Some of my first memories as a child are of jazz festivals: hanging out backstage, dancing around in the audience, being mesmerized by the incredible legends on the stage. To me it all seemed as normal as going to summer camp or eating ice cream on a hot day. I loved the festival life – meeting new people, hearing new songs, trying new foods, sleeping in fancy hotels. Getting to do this every summer with my family was really a dream because it combined my two favorite things: music and family. Both of my parents worked with such talented and interesting people, the world of jazz and festival lifestyle feels like home.
They say your friends are the family you choose and I was blessed that my parents chose incredible people to be their friends and therefore “Aunts” and “Uncles” to me. A very special part of my extended family belongs to Mulgrew Miller and his lovely wife Tanya.
Going to Italy is really the most romantic thing you can do, even if you’re alone. I was there performing for several months and got swept away by the magic in the air – La Dolce Vita.