What are some of the pros and cons to being an artist, a creator, an interpreter of works in San Diego? I wonder how your surroundings influence your craft.
You started out on flugelhorn before switching to alto sax, the instrument of perhaps the most important figures in jazz history, Charlie Parker. A lot of horn players switch from alto to tenor to escape the shadow of Parker, yet you stuck with the alto. Describe the thrills and difficulty of sharing an instrument with the mighty Bird.
You moved to Detroit, a city that spawned a great many jazz musician, shortly after the end of World War II and began an apprenticeship with the great pianist Barry Harris. Please tell me how your decade in that city – and with Harris – influenced you as a player.