Q from Bootleg Like Jazz the Podcast

Bootleg Like Jazz – A critique on wealth, social justice and looking rich vs. actually being rich

In this latest installment of Bootleg Like Jazz, Q critiques the web series hosted by Anthony ONeal. Offering a perspective built on anthropological rhetoric, current events and a wealth of knowledge, BLLJ delivers compelling insights on the state of black culture, financial independence and combating social injustice. Leave a comment and let us know what you think. Don’t forget to subscribe and turn on notifications!!!

Director of Photography: Alex Q of Bold Media

Music by: Matthew Hartnett from the album Southern Comfort “No Patience” and “Thursday Night”.

Recorded at The Barron Collective in Houston, TX.

BLLJ: Julenne and Jac’qulinne from Underground 3:33 Vendors Market

It’s official – THE MARKETPLACE OFFICIALLY LAUNCHES WITH LOCAL ENTREPRENEURS, PERFORMANCES FROM LOCAL ARTISTS & GROUPS. 

The UNDERGROUND 3:33 Market convenes once a month to create a marketplace to give local businesses a platform to promote and broaden their customer base; while creating a one of a kind experience for the attendees. Our primary goal is to join as a community to support small businesses in Galveston County and abroad. Join us for food, art, live music, family-friendly entertainment, and performances from local civic groups all in an environment to promote, cultivate and curate local businesses.   

Left to right: Jac’qulinne Chinn, Julenne Brown and Q

The event will take place on Friday, February 21, 2020, from 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM, at The Showboat Pavilion which is located at 416 6th Street N. in Texas City, TX 77590. Locals are invited to shop and support small businesses as well as enjoy entertainment from local artists and community organizations. “We wanted to create a space for local small business owners to connect with the surrounding community and have the opportunity to have a venue to engage with potential clients and networkwith fellow small business owners,” said Jacqulinne Chinn and Julenne Brown, event coordinators. 

This Unapologetically Ambitious initiative is a moment to springboard and encourage the community at large to shop locally, as well as cultivate the talent/ art in the area. “As a small business owner with limited capital, it is hard to get your product out there, and I am so excited and thankful that I am a registered vendor,” said, Shirley Wilson, Co-Owner of Couture Cravings. 

For more information on UNDERGROUND 3:33 and the upcoming calendar of events please visit http://www.UNDERGROUND333.com and follow their social media handle @MarketUnderground333 on all social media platforms.

BLLJ: Underground 333 Vendors Market

Joining together as a community to support small businesses in the surrounding area. UNDERGROUND 3:33 is a market created to give entrepreneurs a platform to promote themselves and broaden their customer base.

Interview coming soon with Underground 3:33 Vendors Market so subscribe and turn on notifications. Get your tickets to the event now and support a local business.

BLLJ : Would you want to know?

With the recent news that NBA legend Kobe Bryant, Gianna Bryant and 7 other passengers passing away in a helicopter crash Sunday, conversations about our mortality can be heard from street corner to office rooms. Some compare this to the death of many notable celebrities such as: Michael Jackson, Prince and John Lennon just to name a few. Still, the shock of how sudden it occurred plus the blundering of the information being leaked added to the suspense of the day. We were on the edges of our seats.

This moment brings up many feelings and emotions. Pain, grief, anger, confusion. We want answers. Folks look for understanding and rationale but come up empty. We wonder and wonder until before long we’re putting ourselves in their shoes. We try to empathize. Imagine what could be going through their minds. This moment prompts the question: would you want to know the date of your death? Would you want to know when you were going to die?

What are your thoughts? Leave a comment and use #bllj

Latinas Rising presents LatinaCon – Discussions on Mental Health, Latinx Identity and Women’s issues

In this series of #Afro-LatinHTX, Host Q talks with Tasha and Edna from Latinas Rising about their upcoming conference “LatinaCon”. Latinas Rising is an organization focused on creating social change in the Latinx community. Latinas Rising is excited to host the 1st annual LatinaCon November 9, 2019 in Houston, Texas. Their theme is “The Era of the Latina”. LatinaCon 2019 is a gathering of powerful women bringing awareness, education, and advocacy to current topics affecting Latinx women

LatinaCon 2019 : Interview coming with the Founders of Latinas Rising

Latinas Rising is an organization focused creating social change in the Latinx community. We seek to educate and advocate on a variety of social justice topics such as, Latinx mental health, violence against women, education, and civic engagement. We believe all Latinx stories are important and we choose to celebrate Latinas working, “boots on the ground.” 

Latinas Rising is excited to host the 1st annual LatinaCon November 9th, 2019 in Houston, Texas. Our theme is “The Era of the Latina.” LatinCon 2019 is a gathering of powerful women bringing awareness, education, and advocacy to current topics affecting Latinx women. Our goal is to bring women together to empower them through workshops and panel discussions that are socially relevant, dynamic, and inspiring 

LatinaCon will have panels addressing topics ranging from Advocacy and Law, Afro-Latina Identity, Latinx Mental Health, and Latinas in Education. LatinaCon will also have an auction and a vendor/business floor. 

For additional information, vendor/sponsor information and location updates: latinasrisinginfo@gmail.com

Lindsay Gary: The Re-education Project, Dance Afrikana and the Afrikanah Book Club

Lindsay Gary, MPA, MA is a PhD candidate in Africology and African American Studies, a professor of History, writer, speaker, and choreographer. She is an alumna of Texas Southern University and the University of Houston and the founder/board president of The Re-Education Project, founder/artistic director of Dance Afrikana, LLC, and founder/curator of Afrikanah Book Club.

@bootleglikejazz and @fleur_de_linds

Letrece G talks “The G Code: 15 keys to successful marketing and branding”, LLC chit chat and pop culture references

Letrece has always been a true writer at heart. During her adolescence she began creating and editing a monthly newsletter that highlighted community events and creative writing. Letrece became illustrious by being a published author in her early teens with her poems appearing in several national poetry anthologies. Her writing expertise became more prevalent during her college years, where several of her articles and essays became required readings for a Sociology course at Loyola University New Orleans.

BLLJ: Big X and Bethany Rose

From left to right: Q, Big X
http://www.patreon.com/bllj Special Guest: Big X and Bethany Rose
Big X

Big X is a speed rapper born in Houston raised in Maryland. His rap idols were Tech N9ne, Chamillionaire and Joyner Lucas. Big X’s rhymes consist of speed but does not contain profanity so he can set an example for his younger siblings. His mission – show them that anything is possible if you put your mind to it.

Instagram: Big X

From left to right: Q, Bethany Rose

Bethany Rose is a Los Angeles based singer-songwriter and piano player, composing and singing in both English and Spanish. Inspired by R&B and gospel at the roots, she brings a unique sound by adding Latin instrumentation and Jazz elements to her music. Bethany is currently on tour with Leo Dan but has shared the stage with artist such as Lupe Fiasco, Jordan Smith, Yolanda Adams and many more. She most recently teamed up with L.A. based producer, Ivan Castro, to create a salsa version of her original pop/r&b song, “Goodbye”.

Facebook: Bethany Rose Robert

From left to right: Big X, Q and Bethany Rose

Music by: Idyll Green

Houston Afro Creole Music Festival – Hennyglow – Jon Bannis aka Glen

https://houstonafrocreolefest.com/
Glen

HACMF usually host the Afro Creole Music Festival annually during the last weekend of September or the first weekend of October. It is all weekend long event October 5-6, 2019 – Saturday is usually a concert/party with a theme (this year it is Hennyglow) and Sunday is the actual outdoor festival that display a variety of cultural activities throughout the day. Each event features various acts, artists, bands, and deejays from several countries and genres of music. Multiple vendors, marketers, and sponsors will have their products on display and available for purchase. 

Welcome!

Nigerian Cultural Parade and Festival in HTX, Bilingualism and Jollof Rice

Co-Host Queen Bre
Q, Queen Bre and Linda Anukweum in the studio. Video available on YouTube at Bootleg Like Jazz
From left to right Jhayne Udoewa and Linda Anukweum

Mark your calendars and pull out your best! It is about the Naija Experience and the community is ready to serve it in the most flamboyant way possible. Akwa Entertainment will present the Ekombi dance and the incomparable, award-winning Ross S. Sterling Raider’s Marching Band will bring a vibrant sound preview anticipating their own homecoming! Other participating groups include: Rice University-African Student Association, ASA Festival, Greater Owerri Community, Oto-Umuokpu Anambra State Organization, Akwa Ibom Young Professionals, University of Houston-Nigerian Student Association, Imo State University Alumni, Zumunta Association (Hausa), Umu Igbo Unite, Osogbo Progressive Union, Ihitte USA Houston and Ndi Ichie Cultural Club. 

Wazobia African Market, the largest African Store in the state of Texas will be bringing a taste of home! Rain or shine, Downtown Houston will experience the Naija Takeover. This event is brought to you by our Presenting Sponsor and Community Partner, Wazobia African Market and Host Sponsors, MAJORITY and Zainob+MathewCreate. For more information, please visit http://www.nigeriaculturalparade.com for more information and to RSVP for free. #naija#59houston 

ABOUT CULTURALLY NAIJA & WELEAD, INC.

Culturally Naija is committed to address the needs and enhance the positive image of the Nigerian community in the United States. WeLEAD, Inc., a non-profit 501(c )3 organization that strives to empower the next generation through cultural and educational exchange. 

MEDIA CONTACT: Linda Anukwuem Sir Jerold La Beaux info@weleadinternational.com jeroldlabeaux@yahoo.com PH: 832.452.7784 PH: 713.370.STAR (7827)

Host Q

Music by Idyll Green

Leslie Contreras Schwartz talks her work as Houston’s Poet Laureate, mental health awareness, and When They See Us her new book

Leslie Contreras Schwartz

Leslie Contreras Schwartz is the fourth Houston Poet Laureate, serving from 2019-2021. She is a multi-genre writer whose book, Who Speaks for Us Here, is scheduled for spring 2020 publication with Skull + Wind Press. Her work has recently appeared or is forthcoming in Gulf Coast, Anomaly, The Missouri Review, The Collagist, [PANK], Iowa Review, Verse Daily, and the anthology Xicanx: 21 Mexican American Writers of the 21st Century (University of Arizona, 2022), among others. She is also the author of Nightbloom & Cenote, (St. Julian Press, 2018).

leslie c schwartz

A multi-genre writer from Houston, Schwartz’s work examines the individual versus public bodies and documents lived experiences and narratives of those usually silenced, such as people with mental illness, sex workers, women who are trafficked, or children in custody.

http://www.lesliecschwartz.com

@lesliecontschwartz

Music by: Idyll Green

Terrell Wayne discusses new music from jazz icons, his Hendrix inspiration and dress code gone wrong in public school

Use the hashtag #BLLJ and tell me your favorite Miles Davis or John Coltrane album or song. #BLLJ

I struggle between Bitches Brew and Kind Of Blue by Miles Davis and Love Supreme by John Coltrane.

@bootleglikejazz

Terrell Wayne discusses new music from jazz icons, his Hendrix inspiration and dress code gone wrong in public school.

Pitchfork and NPR are great places to go to hear new music from Miles Davis and John Coltrane on the Bootleg Like Jazz Podcast.

Music by Idyll Green

Video available at Bootleg Like Jazz on YouTube : https://youtu.be/EJhroNxI8pc

Use the #bllj and tell us your favorite Miles Davis or John Coltrane song, album and collaboration.

Gumbo Session Part 2 – Cultural nuisance, French lessons and thoughts on travel

@bootleglikejazz

Cultural nuisance is my description of the conversation between race vs. ethnicity. Why do we use race? Why not ethnicity? Which one reflects our collective cultural identity?

Listen to Gumbo Session Part 2 and dive in with Terrell Wayne as he discusses his thoughts on the topic. Race is as American as baseball, hot dogs and white privilege. Race is an American construct created to oppress and convince the world that black is sub-human. Ethnicity promotes labeling people based on culture, customs and habits.

Traveler vs. Tourist mentality is a school of thought adopted by many people who live, study and travel abroad. Valuing cultural capital over pomp and hype, a Travelers mentality aims to invest in true exchanges amongst foreign cultures. Travelers benefit from authentic cuisine from the stoves of locals, experiences in spaces that are relevant to the natives and a different perspective.

Music by: Idyll Green

Richie_Mike_MBK and Exhibition | Chris Legier from Show 1002 Job rejection email

Richie Mike was born and raised on the southwest side of Houston, TX. Bless, on the founders of My Brothers Keeper 713, was one of the foundational inspirations for Richie Mike to start his rap career. He has been rapping now for 5 years. He is working on his songwriting and recording skills daily. Richie Mike is a visionary recording artist who is also an amateur aspiring producer.

@richie_mike_mbk

Chris Legier

Show 1,002 is a talk show geared around the issues of daily life that matters to all regardless of race, gender, religious affiliation, political identity, education, socio-economic status or orientation. We talk about the issues that unites us as human beings. This show’s purpose is to stimulate one’s mind. At the end of the show each listener will say to themselves….

“Hmmm…I never thought about it like that.”

IG: @ChrisLegier

Website: Show1002.com

Music by: Idyll Green ; https://soundcloud.com/idyll-green

Chris Legier

@Banke_The_Author Poet, Dancer and Educator and Chris Legier from Show1002 Why are fast food restaurants out of stuff?

Head over to Bootleg Like Jazz on YouTube and check out the video! It’s a vibe! @banke_the_author

Banke Awopetu is an author, poet, dancer and educator. She has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Virginia in Drama and African/American Studies and a master’s in education. She uses her work on the page, stage and classroom to inspire and heal.

IG: @BankeTheAuthor

Chris Legier, show1002.com , the universal truth

Show 1,002 is a talk show geared around the issues of daily life that matters to all regardless of race, gender, religious affiliation, political identity, education, socio-economic status or orientation. We talk about the issues that unites us as human beings. This show’s purpose is to stimulate one’s mind. At the end of the show each listener will say to themselves….

“Hmmm…I never thought about it like that.”

Chris Legier

Website: Show1002.com

IG: @ChrisLegier

Music by: Idyll Green : https://soundcloud.com/idyll-green

Rabbi Sensei and Chris Legier The Universal Truth

IG: @rabbisensei ; Video available at https://youtu.be/NHuAidoJcfQ

William Wright aka Rabbisensei was raised on the Southwest side of Houston, TX. A graduate of Morehouse College, his mother and father immersed him in the world of music at an early age. He played in the band in middle and High school and then went to play in College. He taught himself guitar and is continuing to learn piano. He recently started chop and screwing music. Also, rabbisensei is a amateur audio engineer. He has been teaching himself to use the Digital Audio Workstation Fruity Loops Studio and has been recording himself and song writing. His inspiration towards music is from his bro who is pushing to start his own label, YZ beatz and Jimi Hendrix. Rabbisensei is a part of the Music Group My Brothers Keeper 713. This group consists of talented and on the rise artists who are multi skilled. Rabbisensei made his debut stage performance with Richie Mike performing his single “Rockstar”.

Show 1,002 is a talk show geared around the issues of daily life that matters to all regardless of race, gender, religious affiliation, political identity, education, socio-economic status or orientation. We talk about the issues that unites us as human beings. This show’s purpose is to stimulate one’s mind. At the end of the show each listener will say to themselves….

“Hmmm…I never thought about it like that.”

Show1002.com ; IG: @ChrisLegier

Show1002.com

Music by: Idyll Green ; https://soundcloud.com/idyll-green

The Gumbo Jam and The Podcast Hearts and Horns

Matthew Harnett

Hailing from Houston Texas with roots in Lake Charles, Louisiana, Matthew Hartnett brings to you a genuine heartfelt musical perspective with genre defying compositions and southern rooted influences.

With his one of a kind style, Matthew has graced stages all over the world performing with various artist including Lauryn Hill, Kirk Franklin, Talib Kweli, Bilal, Panic! at the Disco, Dave Chappelle and many more.

You can regularly find him leading ‘#TeamHornSection’ in various popular New York City venues. Matthew has stepped out of the background of the band debuting his 4 Star (Downbeat Magazine) rated solo project entitled “Southern Comfort”, released Feb. 2016. Stay tuned.

Simone Pierre Louis and Matthew Harnett… Hearts and Horns Podcast

Nicole is a young, creative jack of all trades who styles, hosts numerous art events, works with models and actors on the daily, as well as co-owns a restaurant and catering business.

Simone Pierre Louis

Music by: Idyll Green

Matthew : https://www.matthewhartnett.com IG: @Matthewhartnett, @thegumbojam, @heartsandhorns

Nicole: @simone.pierre.louis, @heartsandhorns and on Facebook: New Seasons Restaurant and Catering

Roberto Carlos Garcia – Black Maybe, Afro-Dominican Roots and Casta | Q – Haiti, the Dominican Republic and and musings on travel

Get Fresh Books LLC and Červená Barva Press

Poet, storyteller, and essayist Roberto Carlos Garcia is a self-described “sancocho […] of provisions from the Harlem Renaissance, the Spanish Poets of 1929, the Black Arts Movement, the Nuyorican School, and the Modernists.” Garcia is rigorously interrogative of himself and the world around him, conveying “nakedness of emotion, intent, and experience,” and he writes extensively about the Afro-Latinx and Afro-diasporic experience. His second poetry collection, black / Maybe, is available from Willow Books.  Roberto’s first collection, Melancolía, is available from Červená Barva Press. 

Roberto Carlos Garcia

https://www.getfreshbooksllc.com/

https://www.robertocarlosgarcia.com/

IG: @robertobelike, @getfreshbooksllc, @bootleglikejazz

Music by: Idyll Green https://soundcloud.com/idyll-green

The Gumbo Session – Juneteenth, Lee P. Brown, Chapultepex Club and Charles Law

Terrell Wayne a.k.a. Q in the studio

This is the gumbo session – a mix of current events, topics I’m passionate about and random ideas I’ve been working on. In this episode I talk about former Mayor Lee P. Brown, the Chapultepex Club of the Houston Y.W.C.A., Howard Law and the history behind Juneteenth.

What Juneteenth around the corner I treated this episode of the Gumbo session as a 2nd Black history month. Here in Texas, Juneteenth is a big deal and every June feels like another Black history month.

Subscribe, like, share and leave a comment if something resonated with you. Stay tuned because the next Guest on Bootleg Like Jazz include Austin based artist Midnight Navy and more.

Subscribe to my Youtube channel: https://youtu.be/49QGSy1jhBY

Instagram: @bootleglikejazz

Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/terrell-quillin

Music by: Idyll Green https://soundcloud.com/idyll-green

Jasminne Mendez – dicusses her new book, “Night Blooming Jasmin(n)e”, Afro-Dominican roots and Journey with Scleroderma and Lupus

Night Blooming Jasmin(n)e published Art Público Press Houston, TX

For Jasminne Méndez, pericardial effusion and pericarditis are not just an abnormal accumulation of fluid and increased inflammation around the heart. It’s what happens “when you stifle the tears and pain of a miscarriage, infertility and chronic illness for so long that your heart does the crying for you until it begins to drown because its tears have nowhere to go.”

Diagnosed with scleroderma at 22 and lupus just six years later, her life becomes a roller coaster of doctor visits, medical tests and procedures. Staring at EKG results that look like hieroglyphics, she realizes that she doesn’t want to understand them: “The language of a life lived with chronic illness is not something I want to adapt to. I cannot let this hostile vocabulary hijack my story.”

The daughter of Dominican immigrants, Méndez fought for independence against her overly-protective parents, obtaining a full scholarship to college, a dream job after school and a master’s degree shortly thereafter. But the full- time job with medical insurance doesn’t satisfy her urge to write and perform, so she leaves it in search of creative fulfillment. In this stirring collection of personal essays and poetry, Méndez shares her story, writing about encounters with the medical establishment, experiences as an Afro Latina and longing for the life she expected but that eludes her.

JASMINNE MÉNDEZ is a Macondo and Canto Mundo Fellow, as well as a Voices of Our Nations Arts (VONA) alumna. She is the author of a multi-genre memoir, Island of Dreams (2013), winner of an International Latino Book Award. She lives and works in Houston, Texas.

Arte Público Press : https://artepublicopress.com/

Music by : Idyll Green https://soundcloud.com/idyll-green

Promo by : Sam Osborne Instagram: @yzbeatz713

Instagram: @bootleglikejazz

D.E.E.P Deborah Mouton – Poetry, Freestylin’ and her new book “Newsworthy”


Deborah D.E.E.P. Mouton is a mother, wife, educator, and the current, and first Black, Poet Laureate of Houston, Texas. This seven-time National Poetry Slam Competitor, and Head Coach of the Houston VIP Poetry Slam Team, has been ranked the #2 Best Female Performance Poet in the World.

Her work has appeared in Black Girl Magic (Haymarket Books) Houston Noir (Akashic Books), and I AM STRENGTH (Blind Faith Books) to name a few. Her work has also been highlighted on such platforms as BBC, Houston Public Media, ABC, PBS, Blavity, Tedx, and Upworthy. Her next collection, Newsworthy, is set for release Spring of 2019 by Bloomsday Literary.

Her collaborations with The Houston Ballet, The Houston Rockets, and the Houston Grand Opera have opened new doors for performance poetry. Her work has been highlighted and studied in . She had the pleasure of performing and leading a workshop at the Leipzig in Autumn literary festival in 2018, where she bridged the gap between the slam and formal publishing communities.

As the Executive Director of VIP Arts Houston, she seeks to build more bridges that amplify the voices of artists in and around the nation. Her love for community transcends the classroom and the stage making her a mentor to many and a notable force to be felt.


D. Mouton VIP Arts Houston, Executive Director www.livelifedeep.comwww.vipartshouston.org
www.vipartshouston.org

IG: Bootleg Like Jazz and twayne13

Twitter: @TerrellWayne2

Music by: Idyll Green https://soundcloud.com/idyll-green

Images by : yzbeatz713 – you can find him on instagram

Recorded at Barron Studios Houston, Tx

Raúl Orlando Edwards – Afro Latin Fest – Strictly Street Salsa and Flamart

In this episode of Bootleg Like Jazz, Raúl Orlando Edwards Founder of Flamart and Strictly Street Salsa stops by to talk about his Concierto, the history of latin dancing and the upcoming Afro-Latin Fest happening May 23-26, 2019 at the Westin Galleria Houston at 5060 W Alabama St. Find out more at http://www.afrolatinfest.org/

https://www.flamart.org/about-us

Facebook: Strictly Street Salsa

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Instagram: Bootleg Like Jazz

Music by: Idyll Green https://soundcloud.com/idyll-green

Photos by: YZBeatz713 – you can find him on Instagram

Recorded at Barron Studios Houston, Tx

Dot O – Ogun, Freestyle and Roots in Houston

In the episode “Dot O” Houston based Rapper Dot O talks about his new album “Deliberate” – we listen to “2nd Chance”, “Wade” and his early days writing. Dot O talks about Ogun and its mythic origins. Find out more at : http://www.officialdoto.com/#/

IG: Dot.o_

Spotify: https://spoti.fi/2V5gjRp

Apple Music: http://bit.ly/Dot_O

Music by Idyll Green : https://soundcloud.com/idyll-green

Promo by YZBeatZ IG: yzbeatz713

Terrell Wayne IG: bootleglikejazz Twitter: @terrellwayne2

iTunes: Bootleg Like Jazz

Photos by yzbeatz713 – you can find him on Instagram

Recorded at Barron Studios Houston, Tx

The African American Library at The Gregory School featuring Erika Thompson – Archives, Trace Exhibit and upcoming exhibits

In Episode 03 of Bootleg Like Jazz Erika Thompson stops by to talk about the important work being done at The African American Library at The Gregory School.

Erika Thompson covers Freedmen’s Town, Houston Tx, Pan-Africanism and a cornucopia of other topics. Find out more at http://www.thegregoryschool.org

Music by Idyll Green : https://soundcloud.com/idyll-green

Promo by YZBeatZ IG: yzbeatz713

Terrell Wayne IG: bootleglikejazz Twitter: @terrellwayne2

iTunes: Bootleg Like Jazz

Photos by yzbeatz713 – you can find him on Instagram

Recorded at Barron Studios Houston, Tx

Bootleg Like Jazz – Pourquoi France

A multicultural space for personal expression.

by: Q


Bootleg Like Jazz is the Black American, Minority and Immigrant experience. It’s a mixture of Afro-Latino and the Black Diaspora, fake news and the underground, subjugation and determination. Bootleg Like Jazz is a multicultural space for conversations about diversity in travel and art, languages and culture, society and perspective. Bootleg Like Jazz comes from a combination of Black History and Jazz history. Our experience as a Black American or a African-American,  began in this country as a diminished experience. We were 3/5ths of a human. Subjugated, denied education, denied having family and only given the scraps. Here comes jazz, in order to learn how to play music Black folks had to learn by ear, from watching other people perform and from knowledge passed down. That’s Bootleg Like Jazz. It’s the idea that they gave us scraps but we turned it into Jazz. Jazz as an art form is built off of diminished chords and diminished opportunities. Art is personal. The musicians, you know, couldn’t legally learn to read or write due to slave codes. This intensifies over time. Most jazz chords are diminished in some form so I thought to myself, jazz is really a bootleg art form. Whether it be finger placement that’s funky or how someone decides to play it that way. It all comes from Black American Musicians jamming and figuring out what sounds the best. The original Founders of Jazz probably didn’t have any formal musical education or separate but equal musical education and many jazz musicians in general started out with a feeling. When Jazz was gaining popularity it occurred during some of the most difficult days in the black community. They were able to create something that people from foreign countries, diverse socioeconomic backgrounds and different tongues would come to love about a people who were once subjugated. That’s the African-American experience – the Multicultural experience. It’s a mixture of being neglected yet finding a way to survive – thrive.

Terrell Wayne

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Sound Cloud: https://soundcloud.com/terrell-quillin