|2 July 2020, v2|
KEVIN LEE | MOJO President/Founder
My pandemic experience hasn’t necessarily heightened my relationship with jazz. Once the pandemic’s economic downturn affected my local earnings, I branched into wider spheres, so I’ve been writing more. More writing entails research. Jazz breaks my concentration since I stop focusing on the page and listen instead. That means my listening has diminished.
Additionally - for reasons too complex to get into here - I’ve felt a growing sense of alienation from the community. Not overbearing, just germinating until it blossomed in spring’s coronavirus solitude.
After Bob Spielmann passed away in March, I was unable to attend his services due to my high-risk status for COVID-19. I felt guilty. I had known Bob 20 years, longer than his widow, Margaret had known him, since they married long after Bob became involved with MOJO. I valued his friendship, sense of humor, historical knowledge and our common affinity for jazz. In May, a large package with Margaret Spielmann's return address arrived in my mailbox. Inside were things Bob saved from the numerous MOJO events he produced over those decades. The handwritten narration scripts, the printed programs, all the physical proof of the emotional weight he ascribed to those efforts had been meticulously stored. Only cherished things become keepsakes.
For me, it was tangible evidence, proof that when I ignored Carmen Brown’s warnings about starting yet another jazz society in 2001, my stubbornness wasn’t wasted. It obviously made a difference in someone’s life. The idea amounted to something, after all.
|CREOLA RUFFIN | Gulf Coast Ethnic &
Heritage Jazz Festival/Founder
2020 MOJO Jazzalea Award Honoree
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Marcus Johnson Summer Jazz Camp
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