A CUP OF JOE
By Steve Griggs
We live in a city where a mysterious part of jazz was created. And part of that mystery is a Detroit-born saxophonist named Joseph Brazil.
[Play “Joseph Brazil”]
Does anyone here remember Joe Brazil? What do you remember about him?
He was a jazz saxophonist. He taught at the
and founded the Black
Academy of Music. He grew up in University
of Washington Detroit.
I never had the pleasure of meeting him before he passed in 2008. Even though he is not here physically, I invite his spirit to join us here today. He continues to teach me about music, society, and myself.
He is not the first dead musician to mentor me. First, was John Coltrane. He died in 1967, when I was seven. About 11 years later, I heard his music on records and was entranced. The song that first got me was “Village Blues.”
[Band plays Village Blues quietly]