In regards to his experiences walking the streets of Berlin, Wycliffe Gordon states: "I saw the thing that music does, and has done... time and time again... it shatters all of those things that separate us." In this interview, Mr. Gordon tells stories about his experience in Germany, how Louis Armstrong stopped a war, and how the JLCO's performance of Ellington/Strayhorn's Peer Gynt Suite helped break the proverbial "glass wall." Please enjoy this episode of the JazzCast, where we dig into the music on his latest album, "Hello Pops." Mentioned in this podcast (in no particular order) Wycliffe Gordon Louis Armstrong Hello Pops CD Marion Felder - Drums Corcoran Holt - Bass Aaron Diehl - piano Anat Cohen - Clarinet Bria Skonberg - Trumpet Emily Asher - Trombone Nancy Harms - Vocals Oscar Micheaux "The Music Lesson" By Victor Wooten ScoreFlipper App Peter Karl Studios Howard Lovett and Studio South Wynton Marsalis Jack Teagarden JJ Johnson JC Higgenbotham Trummy Young Fats Waller The beautiful thing about podcasting is that there is no time limit. It gives the artist a platform to share their insights, views, and stories related to their music. This interview was especially inspirational to me because it reminded me of my time at MSU, and specifically the Martin Luther King Jr. concert we did each year. This interview, along with my experiences at MSU, inspired me to create the Jazz and Freedom Festival, which happened MLK weekend in January 2015. Although we recorded this in the summer of 2014, it's timeless. Thank you Wycliffe Gordon for your inspiration and beautiful artistry!