GENUINE SOUL MUSIC
“I can’t believe a jazz band filled this place out,” an older gentleman confessed to me as he observed the tightly packed room all the way from the front of the stage to the main bar at Brooklyn Bowl. My first thought was, “It’s not just jazz, it’s Kamasi Washington!”, but I took a second to bite my tongue. He was right. When was the last time I saw any form of jazz music – at an underground wine bar, Fat Cat in NYC, and if I plan correctly, Sunday morning brunch? I too took another full look around the room and was impressed, not because Kamasi Washington wouldn’t bring a big crowd (that was expected), but because people my age, “millennials”, are finally publicly appreciating one of the original music forms, jazz. We just needed an artist – a relatable, funky, genuine, cool, and talented artist – to wake us up and remind us that we need this soulful music in our lives.