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February 2018

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"My dad played guitar and everybody around Kinston came up, musicians, they knew him or knew of him," he said. "When I was real small, I had had this little computer that Daddy got me for Christmas. And while all the other musicians around were playing all this great music, mostly funk and R&B, I got on (the computer) and made a little music on the keys." Eric Xavier — the professional name he acquired quite accidentally but has kept since using it on a Facebook page and it stuck after he was introduced accordingly in a jam session — recalled when his father took notice of his talent. "He said one day, 'You're getting pretty good. I'll get you a nice horn,'" Eric said. "That's when we went to the pawn shop and he got me a nice saxo- phone, and it was like when I was in seventh, eighth grade, something like that." He recalled someone in high school giving him a jazz theory book, "Improvising Jazz," he said. "I had no knowledge of theory," he said. "I was able to read like chord changes. I was like really picking up some stuff." He is not necessarily self-taught, he explained, but realized he had a strong connection to playing. 17 "To me, in my world, everything is connected. I've really learned a lot about myself through music. In a lot of cases it's made me a better person." Eric Xavier Dawson, saxophonist Eric Xavier Dawson sits with his saxophone during a break in a performance. Music has been a huge part of Daw- son's life. He began playing when he was a child and gravitated toward the jazz genre because of the challenges it presents. story continued on page 18 story continued from page 16 All that jazz

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