Jazz speaks for life. The Blues tell the story of life's difficulties and if you think

for a moment, you will realize that they take the hardest realities of life and put

them into music, only to come out with some new sense of hope or triumph.

This is triumphant music.

Modern Jazz has continued in this tradition, singing the songs of a more

complicated urban existence. When life itself offers no order, the musician

creates an order and meaning from the sounds of the earth which flow through

his instrument.

Everybody has the Blues. Everybody longs for meaning. Everybody needs to

love and be loved. Everybody needs to clap hands and be happy. Everybody

longs for faith. In music, especially this broad category called Jazz, there is a

stepping stone toward all of these.

(Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., opening speech at the 1964 Berlin Jazz Festival)

© Tore Eliasson 2015