Brian's Song

November 11, 2014 9:35 PM

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Mo' Better Blues, my all time favorite Spike Lee Joint starring Denzel Washington, was my coming-of-age film. Enraptured in my intense adolescent quest for identity, I did all I could to walk like Denzel, talk like Wesley Snipes and deliver a punch-line like the late, great Robin Harris. What the film did give me, which has endured far beyond my adolescent ambitions, was a love for the trumpet. As a music student at The Hartt School of Music of the University of Hartford, I pored through collections of Louis Armstrong, Dizzy Gillespie and Miles Davis, among others. Miles Davis' Kind of Blue is sacred to me.

I never got around to actually learning how to play the instrument; I've merely maintained my groupie status if you will. Being a singer, by profession, I strongly suspect my admiration for the trumpet has everything to do with the fact that of all man-made instruments, it is the one, which comes cl...

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