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February 2018

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"My ear was really funny. It wasn't really that good," he said. "It was just the thing, unlike a lot of musicians, it's like I can hear certain things like chords and chord qualities and stuff like that. "I can kind of picture where things are going but just as far as notes or a series of notes or lines or something like that, I was never good at that. But I kind of have that knowledge of what these things were and it kind of helped me move through the music like that." While his penchant may be for jazz, he won't be pigeon-holed into one genre. "I started out with what my dad was listening to and what my mom was listening to on the radio and stuff but the crazy thing was that in high school I was making rap beats. I stayed with that for awhile," he said. Being a working musician, though, is not easy or lucrative, especially in a small town like Kinston or even Eastern North Carolina, he said. "The deal is, even though you love it, if you're not playing in the church or anything like that you're not making any money," he said. "Mom and dad are telling you you need to get a real job, you need to get into computers." His parents were encouraging, he said, but also practical. He has had several jobs over the years, mostly to meet expenses and pay the bills. His heart, however, is in creating time to play and perform. "I do from time to time make an appearance at a session here and there, mostly now it's in Greenville," he said. "When I was in college, I was all over the triangle all the time, in the Triad and some of everywhere. "Those jam sessions, they're like a musician hang. We get to meet each other, you know, vibe with each other, you kind of pick your band out, you pick your people out that you play with. Sometimes you end up playing long-term, it depends on if you've got gigs." He still enjoys playing saxophone, but not in a solo capacity. His ideal band, he says, would be a rhythm section that consists of a bass, drums, keys and maybe guitar. His influence these days come from an array of sources — from samba and jazz to Colombian and Brazilian music. It usually all comes back to jazz, though, in part because of his participa- tion in the Wayne County Jazz Showcase in recent years. "Jazz is like really complex music. It keeps the mind going. That's why I like playing it," he said. "I guess when it comes to down time playing, I kind of like to play something with a groove in some R&B, some fusion but try to keep the complexity and try to keep it simple. "Jazz will drive you crazy unless you can master it because it's so com- plex." In addition to his Facebook page, his music is also shared on ReverbNa- tion, but only "the live stuff," he says, because, there's a "real conversation going on with the music." Picking up the horn and creating art is not only a lifelong passion but a dream he plans to keep nurturing. "It's a job you can always have and a job you can always do, no matter what age you are," he said. Music, he says, is life. "It's a way of life and stuff," he explained. "You get to learn and you learn a lot about yourself. You learn a lot about life through music and the expe- rience with music and stuff. "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." www.GoldsboroPediatrics.com www.facebook.com/Goldsboro Pediatrics Every Step Of The Way 919-734-4736 –– Princeton –– Pediatrics P.A. 919-936-3164 –– Mt. Olive –– Pediatrics P.A. 919-658-9123 –– LaGrange –– Pediatrics P.A. 252-566-5999 18DCT0118T© Get Their Flu Vaccines Today! Make sure your child is up to date on immunizations and yearly physicals. All that jazz story continued from page 17

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