I have been reading (and watching) about Miley Cyrus and Lady Gaga, two people with absolutely no talent. They have been dominating the entertainment news all week over stuff that happened at the VMA’s televised earlier. It is amazing how very small amounts of talent can captivate America.

Meanwhile, I have spent two days this week with people with real talent. I spent two days working with Jack Dejohnette, Henry Threadgill, Roscoe Mitchell, Muhal Richard Abrams and Larry Gray. Five nicer, unassuming guys cannot be found. Spent one day at a rehearsal and one day at a free downtown concert.

Jack Dejohnette, Roscoe Mitchell, Larry Gray, Muhal Richard Abrams and Henry Threadgill rehearsing at Constellation on August 27th, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois.

From the beginning I was treated with respect by all the guys. I was told that I could go anywhere to get what I needed. They gladly posed for pictures whenever I asked them.

GroupSeems a shame that they get almost no publicity, but Miley gets a ton for acting like an idiot.

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