To Michael Brockman, Clarence Acox and the SRJO:
When I was in sixth grade, my father brought me to a SRJO jazz for young people concert at Nordstrom Recital Hall. Having heard very little jazz at that point in my life, I was left ecstatic by your performance, the music, and the idea of playing jazz. On my way out, my dad bought your SRJO Live CD, which has since become one of the most played discs in my collection. Your performances of Concerto for Cootie, Isfahan, Happy Go Lucky Local, Caravan, Walk On The Wild Side and Stomp It Off truly provided me my greatest musical inspiration at the time. They are stuck in my head to this day. It was a great honor to perform with many of my mentors last weekend and I would like to thank you dearly for the opportunity.
(Trombonist and composer, 2010 graduate of Roosevelt High School, now attending the Juilliard School, winner of many awards including the Outstanding Trombone Soloist at 2010 Essentially Ellington, and June 2010 student soloist with the SRJO)