“Every generation has to change the music,” Minner said, “otherwise, your mom might come to the party.”
Special Legends Night events have helped restore some of the area’s live jazz history.
The husband-wife duo started using the pedals as a way to find more cost-effective ways of performing.
The band plays everything from big band classics and bebop to Dixieland and Latin jazz.
“I hired people of color, for the most part, who didn’t have the training to be a journalist,” Russell Perry said. “I trained them.”
Band founder Johnny Iguana has learned from some of the jazz masters.
“Walter and I get all kinds of crazy ideas in our heads,” O’Dell said. “We’ve done several programs with him here. He’s always calling me up and saying, ‘You need to interview this guy.’”
“I look at these shows as a way for us all to put matters out of our minds that day — including myself — and give ourselves over to the music,” he said.
“When I write melodies, it’s very simple, something you could pluck out at the piano with one finger,” he said.
Taylor has been drumming in jazz and blues clubs since he was a teenager.