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Amina Figarova: September Suite

All of us have a story of our day on 9/11, but Amina Figarova’s is striking. She was visiting the United States from the Netherlands, staying with friends. She was alone in a Brooklyn apartment, asleep, when the planes hit the towers. She awakened, not realizing anything was wrong, and learned of the catastrophe when she called her husband in Rotterdam. She went out into the streets of a foreign country, and saw people who had walked over the Brooklyn Bridge, covered in dust, and others already carrying pictures.

There have been many jazz responses to the events of 9/11, but none more revelatory in their authenticity and realization than September Suite.

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