“My grandfather, that’s about the furthest I can remember back,” wrote the renowned New Orleans reed player Sidney Bechet in his autobiography, Treat It Gentle. “Sundays when the slaves would meet–that was their free day–he beat out rhythms on the drums at the square–Congo Square they called it…. He was a musician.
The Dallas/Ft. Worth Metroplex scene is where Lookout Jazz currently lives and performs. The five musicians who comprise Lookout Jazz come from diverse backgrounds, and all enjoyed successful careers in fields other than music. But even though they devoted time to the other endeavors to pay the bills, music was always “there inside” them, like it was in Sidney’s Grandfather.