China Moses is the daughter of jazz singer Dee Dee Bridgewater and director Gilbert Moses. Since 1997 she has been working as a singer, songwriter and producer. Jazz Radio on -air personnality, MTV VJ, and now co-host and music specialist for the French TV show Le Grand Journal on Canal +.
Who are your favorite jazz greats?
Wes Montgomery, Adderley Brothers, Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Ma Rainey, Dinah Washington, Quincy Jones, Leonard Feather, Billy Strayhorn, Helen Humes, Peggy Lee, Ron Carter... Goodness the list goes on! Not to mention everyone present at International Jazz Day.
Why is it important for young people today to learn about jazz?
It's a true American art form. All forms of grooves exist in Jazz and it's a wonderful large world of expression. From the great American song book to free jazz there is something for everybody... It's the American story telling form along with country music.
What is your most memorable jazz 'moment'?
PERSONAL JAZZ MOMENT : My first time on stage with my mom and my sister in Fance. We sung it don't mean a thing. Blowing my cheeks along side of Dizzy Gilespie at a Jazz Festival in France then discovering his music at home. I was blown away. DISCOVERING JAZZ: Hearing Afro Spanish Omelet for the first time on a tape that my step dad, Jean Marie Durand, made for me.
Do you think that music (and jazz in particular) can promote peace and tolerance?
Are there that many fights in places of music? When you really think about it not really. Music is a first religion. It brings people together anywhere and everywhere, it's a universal language that everybody can understand. The history of jazz, what its creators went through to be able to play it and what their descendants have done to help it stay alive , constantly paying tribute to it, reshaping it, pushing its limits... Yes it can promote peace and tolerance. Art can ease the most troubled spirits; it can also bring alive memories.
Why do you think a day like International Jazz Day is important?
Because one can never celebrate jazz enough. It’s the only genre that everybody can see a small reflection of themselves in. And it's for some strange reason considered as the music of "intellectuals and elderly people". Jazz simple Rocks to me.
What is one action the public could do to promote Jazz Day or the values of jazz?
Play some jazz really loud! And of course post their favorite jazz album covers to the web. Bring a friend down to UNESCO ;)
Do you think jazz brings together people from different cultures? Can you give examples from your personal experience?
Jazz does in particular as I’m writing this, I’m sitting in a room with French, Italian, Vietnamese and African folks... And we are getting down to some Jazz!
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