Close your eyes, Local can be just as good

An ad agency president friend of mine told me once he doesn’t believe incredible talent dwells only in rich and famous superstars.  “You can go to church and hear a guitar player who’s just as good as anyone,” he offered.  While the conversation started around great advertising, his point about guitarists struck a sensitive cord (chord?) with me.  He’s probably right, I surmised.

I witnessed this fact Thursday night at a local wine bar.  Two local jazz artists I know were ripping through jazz standards with incredible skill, branding the tunes with their impressive techniques.  Before long, I closed my eyes and was in Greenwich Village, maybe at a showcase like Smalls, far away from the suburban piedmont Virginia wine bar.

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