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Alvester Garnett

“Joy and spirited musical communication” are what characterize the artistry of Alvester Garnett’s drumming. Singers such as the living legend Abbey Lincoln and the late great Betty Carter, to instrumentalists Wynton Marsalis, James Carter, Regina Carter, and Cyrus Chestnut have all called on Mr. Garnett for the energy and fire that he brings to the bandstand.

“I believe that what we have as musicians is a muse, a musical spirit that resides within us as a gift from God. It is our duty to cultivate that muse. This allows the sounds from a higher power to come down through us and provide healing, entertainment and personal expression for us and to those listening. We as musicians are merely conduits for an art that already exists. We just have to pave the road, through practice and study, to let the sounds come through in our own way. Now, when I say ‘practice and study’, I don’t mean only in a musical sense, but also in a personal and spiritual sense. Ultimately the music should still reflect who we are as individuals. Working with great spirits like Abbey Lincoln has taught me this.”

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