Bridging Cultural Divides Through Music

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Bridging Cultural Divides through Music

Throughout history, the rise of cultures caused the rise of cultural difference, and those differences separated and brought people together. Every person in every culture must choose to either allow their differences from people in other cultures to cause political unrest and war or collaboration and growth. While most people within almost every culture strives for peace, political and religious radicals cry out that the deaths of infidels will lead to the greater good. But the Sons and Daughters of the Mothers and Fathers and the brothers of the sisters and the husbands of the wives taken from them, fail to feel justified. Though, in spite of waves of cultural differences causing ebbs and flows of the rise and fall of war and peace, the cohesive effects of music seems to ignore cultural differences by giving people reasons to celebrate their commonalities with people from other cultures. And the almost infinite number of sounds that creates the musical kaleidoscope of jazz perhaps best embodies music’s cohesive elements. Birthed in the heart of New Orleans in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, the cultural impact of jazz influences the world like few other musical genres. The cultural commonalities that influence jazz acts like a musical palette painting pictures of versatility among those influenced by it. Those commonalities brought jazz musicians Russell Scott (more commonly known as Russ Liquid) and Andrew Block, who met
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