Originally published in Earshot Jazz, August 2016
Trumpeter Nathan Breedlove, like all musicians, has collected stories his entire life. His story. Jazz stories. Stories about famous musicians Art Blakey, Lionel Hampton, and Wynton Marsalis. Stories about masterful but modest artists like Mulgrew Miller, James Williams, and Hadley Caliman. Stories about the feast and famine of a life in music.
Through it all, Breedlove's passion played on his slender face. His glow of enthusiasm emanated from a bounty of arched creases on his forehead and the depth of parentheses surrounding his lips. He smiled and relayed his past.