A VISION FOR RICHMOND
by Cesca Janece Waterfield
"Jazz musicians just do things differently."
Arguably this nation’s greatest cultural contribution to the world, jazz is inseparably rooted in African American culture. Even jazz composed and performed today proudly celebrates deep-rooted traditions. But its power can reach right into your life when a skilled visionary strays from them.
In August of 2006, well-known jazz musician Ashby Anderson and his wife Terri made a wrong turn on a one-way street, and found themselves parked in front of an old produce warehouse at 6 N. 19th St. They were on an excursion to find studio space. So as the car idled, they got out and peeked inside. In a few moments, they realized that behind the bay doors – under all that dust, rust, and peeling paint – their dream slept.