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Destiny Muhammad: Jazz Harp on FIRE!!

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Published on Aug 5, 2012

Tune: SO WHAT by Miles Davis
Jazz Harpist Destiny Muhammad cuts it up at Afro Solo's concert series at Yerba Buena Gardens in San Francisco, Ca. on Saturday August 4, 2012.
Bass: Mark Heshima Williams Drums: Leon Joyce

Note: One YouTuber pointed out to me that she thought it was rude that you don't really see (except at the very start) Destiny's face! Here's the reality sometimes WHEN VIDEOTAPING ANY EVENT: The camera person often is put in the position to shoot from only one, or two, vantage points to capture something. In this situation, I was already in the back stage area before Destiny's band was to perform, there were literally barriers preventing anyone from getting off the sides of the large stage, and there was NO SECOND CAMERA. A second camera can allow for the option to later cross-edit the video as well as audio. The decision here had to be made quickly and it was a mutual one: that the opening of her going on stage at this important concert be captured on video with as much visual access as I could get. Destiny made the artistic decision with me (as the one holding the camera), to shoot as best I could given the physical limitations.
As a documentarian of jazz, I will almost always opt for capturing a jazz event or concert rather than not record what happened. As a jazz enthusiast, sound expert, radio personality & (sort-of) jazz historian himself, Jim Bennett would say, "It's like catching lightening in a bottle". If that takes a recording using crappy sound from a cell phone or a high-end expensive camcorder w/ an extended mic, or anything in-between (witnessed herein),
Jazz happens at it's best in a way that includes improvisation for every player that is lucky enough to have that chemistry work for them whether in a LIVE performance, rehearsal, jam session or studio recording.
I sincerely hope that any viewer who focuses on the sound/music that was captured, rather than be put-off by the visuals, that they will be as excited & overjoyed as the audience was that day.

Here's another clip of Destiny doing her thing - totally different - where you can see her face AND hear her sing - an original to boot! 'TOMORROW': http://youtu.be/f0ZFm5PDvos

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