On 4/7/06, Carl Z. <zimm28@...
> I never expected any of this. I never thought I was good enough for
> any of this. I still doubt it. I realize how incredibly fortunate I
> am. Artistically I have had tremendous struggles and continue to
> struggle, and that's part of the challenge and part of the fun of it.
> But I've avoided a lot of the struggles and dues paying from a
> business and economic standpoint that a lot of great jazz musicians
> and a lot of my peers have had to go through. Six months after I moved
> to New York, I was in place where I was able to make a decent living
> playing only music that I wanted to play, and that's a tremendous
> luxury. I never forget how damned lucky I am.
This is remarkable to read, and indicates a real perfectionist streak.
Josh was impressing as a teen in Berkeley High School's jazz program,
which was (and is) a breeding ground for some of America's best
improvisers. I wouldn't have been surprised had he landed a recording
contract straight out of high school, and the path of his career
doesn't surprise me at all.