Jazz is really 20th-century fusion music. You take West African harmony and rhythm, mix with European harmony, and boom!
New Orleans is a place where people are deliberately undereducated so that they can be a labour class - the economy there is tourism, and one of the only outlets that black males have traditionally been allowed is to play jazz music, y'know?
I hate the natural sound of the trumpet, but I think I'm naturally set up to be a trumpet player. I know that sounds weird. But pretty much anytime I play a note, I'm uncomfortable in a general sense.
I live in New York, but I'm gone 310, 320 days a year. My apartment is storage.
Man I mean, the great thing about playing clubs in Harlem is people have an appreciation not just for the music but for the history of the music.