The news was totally unexpected, and an exciting surprise when in February 2020 I heard from pianist/musical director Arlington Jones (Sammons Jazz) that I had been chosen to be among the recipients of this year's annual awards presented by D'JAM (Dallas Jazz Appreciation Month). Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the April 4 D'JAM Open House, where award presentations would occur, had to be postponed and eventually cancelled. In early September, the Dallas Jazz Appreciation Committee, with help from Arlington Jones, graciously made certain that I would take possession of this beautiful, distinctive award. It features a striking, modernist three-dimensional artwork of dark blue glass ascending above an elegant base. Upon the nameplate this description - D'JAM 2020 Jazz Legend Award - precedes my name.
I am deeply honored to be the recipient of this beautiful award and I wish to thank the D'JAM Committee members, Arlington Jones and Sammons Center for the Arts for their dedication to America's native art form and its active, living representation in our north Texas communities. A virtual "Zoom" version of D'JAM Open House is being planned for Tuesday, Decenmber 2020. I wil post more details as they become available.