Dad always introduced us to many cultures. I remember the time when we moved back to New York we went to visit Dizzy Gillespie and his wife Lorraine in Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey. One beautiful fall Sunday we also visited Miriam Makeba and her husband Hugh Masekela who lived a few miles from the Gillespie’s. It was fascinating to have an up close personal view of their food and culture and to meet folks from South Africa to hear their struggles for a different type of freedom. I was forever changed and saw how it was translated into the Jazz world. The rhythms touched my soul and gave a new meaning to my life. Peace Out!
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