I am now a member of the Columbia University Class of 2015.
This means that next fall, The Jazz Post will be told from the perspective of a Columbia University student finding her place in New York City. This means that I’ll be studying, reading, writing, playing, and performing jazz in one of the biggest and most influential meccas of jazz itself.
There are many people I have to thank for this. There’s the West Ranch High School jazz program and its ever-inspiring and always influential director, Mr. Babko, who led me into jazz in the first place.
There’s the Community Arts Program (CAP) at CalArts, and its students who facilitated my growth in this music. There’s the professional jazz musicians and promoters who gave their time and advice in response to my questions. There’s the kind neighbor who lent me numerous life-changing albums. There’s my parents, who constantly push me to think bigger and work harder. There’s my 450+ followers on Twitter who consistently nudge me to continue pursuing this path. There are my teachers and counselors and advisers, all who met my inquiries, panicked moments, achievements, and questions with smiles and solutions. There are the other students and musicians who happily shared my passion for this art. And there’s you, the reader, who keeps me writing.
I don’t think there’s any way to thank everyone enough for guiding me and encouraging me as I continue to pursue this path — a path that thrives upon jazz and journalism, and a path that, excitingly enough, now includes Columbia University and New York City.
With all of my heart, I thank you very much. I can’t even begin to imagine what this holds for my future and the future of The Jazz Post — all that I can tell you is that it’s surely going to be an incredible and fulfilling one.
Without further ado, here are the two tunes I submitted with my application. I had the thrilling experience of recording with one of my former CAP teachers (and someone I look up to very much), Tina Raymond (drums), and Emilio Terranova (bass). This was recorded at the California Institute of the Arts.
CURRENTLY LISTENING TO: Human Nature/Vijay Iyer/Solo