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Band is boring. (Monk and Turner are not.)

“The thing I appreciate is that Thelonious Monk went his own path, all the time.” says Ernest Turner. Turner’s love for music finally sparked when a teacher in middle school allowed him to play off the page.

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Matt Lemmler, true New Orleans Jazz

An incredibleNew Orleans jazz pianist who once feared singing, it took the devastation of Hurricane Katrina for Matt Lemmler to share his soulful voice.

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Bridging history and future with the blues

With 13 siblings, Mac Arnold’s family couldn’t afford to buy a guitar. He and his brother built their own out of a gas can, bits of wood, nails, and wire from a screen door. The rest is history.

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About finding your voice

Remember that moment in school that terrified you? For Dawn Anthony, it was 4th grade and it was the moment she discovered her voice.

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Pursuit of a passion

Success does not happen overnight, rather it is a process over a lifetime, says saxophonist Steve Wilson. His long list of accomplishments include over 150 recordings, tours all over the U.S and Europe, a teaching position at Juilliard, and his most recent album release. He says he continues to captivate audiences because he continues to learn and grow.

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