We arrived in Manaus to a press conference in the airport and what do you know, these reporters were prepared with good questions. I’ll scan the articles when I can. Thing is, you’ll need to read Portuguese to understand them. We love the headline, “O JAZZ COMO PODER DE CURA.” “Jazz is able to be a cure.”
We played 2 concerts and gave 2 workshops at the ICBEU center. We also took a boat trip into the Amazon. What an extraordinary place!
We made new friends at ICBEU including Tiago and Paoula, who I invited along with a guitarist to help us teach the audience “Freight Train” by Elizabeth Cotten. This is the song that got in my bones when I was a child, and never left. It’s why I’m here today. Hats off to Elizabeth Cotten. You have literally taken me around the world!
As the concert picked up the pace, we were so knocked when our friend “Hoochie” and others started dancing…
We could not have wished for a better send off from Brazil. We sure will miss this place. Many thanks to everyone who supported our workshops, concerts and traveling including Mercia Preto, Cultural Coordinator at ICBEU, Manaus, Conradu Blasi, Cultural Affairs Assistant and Tara Rougle, Public Affairs Officer, U.S. Embassy, Brasilia.