I have learned a lot from Jazz. I compare good acting to jazz music. The more you study and prepare as an actor, the more equipped you are to live in the moment. Just like the gifted musicians in my dad's quartet, it takes a courageous actor to be free.
Charlie Parker often cites Lester Young as an influence, however there are no recordings where he sounds like a Lester Young clone. As a matter of fact, when you hear him playing with Jay McShann at 19, he already sounds like Charlie Parker.
Music was the piece of my life I had been missing and I eventually realized that our country was in a similar quandary. Out with the noise. Music For Tomorrow (MFT) is a non-profit that creates performance opportunities for local jazz musicians.