Under Your Skin is an exploration on the cultural diversity of music and artists from around the globe - from Popular Music to Jazz, Hip Hop, Reggae, Avantgarde, Experimental, Afrobeat, Drum & Bass, Metal, Electronic, DJ-ing/Turntablism, Folk, Classical and more.
This interview is part of the book project Under your skin" which includes Interviews with David Murray, Ornette Coleman, Chuck D - Public Enemy, Taj Mahal, Yusef Lateef, Melvin Gibbs, Bob James, Malika Zarra, Zap Mama, Les Nubians, Lydia Lunch, Lee Scratch" Perry", Mike Stern, Henry Rollins, Rhonda Smith, DJ KutMasta Kurt, Sepultura, Joe Bowie, Korn and many more.
I love jazz because it is both challenging and exhilarating, and the endeavor of improvisation is the highest form of art.
I met so many great musicians--including my two earliest heroes, Maynard Ferguson and Dizzy Gillespie--by attending concerts
and being willing to treat them with the respect they deserve.
The best show I ever attended was the Pat Metheny/Ornette Coleman Song X concert at Cornell University.
The first jazz record I bought was an RCA compilation by Dizzy Gillespie.
My advice to new listeners is to not be afraid to listen to something because you're not familiar with the artists or the band or
the genre or anything - this is music that is best experienced through discovery.