The Trouble With Legends

You sometimes have to live up to them:

Local pianist Chris Grasso said Brubeck was the first jazz pianist he ever saw perform live, at the Newport Jazz Festival in the late ’70s. A couple of years ago, Grasso said he actually had the daunting task of following Brubeck’s performance at the Litchfield Jazz Festival in 2010. “We were supposed to open for Mr. Brubeck, but he decided he didn’t want to stay up so late, so he went on first and then we closed the show,” Grasso said in an email. “So I had to go on right after him, playing piano — terrifying.”

Now, after that essay from Mr Orwell, over to you, Mr Blogger.