Another Vision virtue is organic programming—drawn from life, not marketing plans. At the Abron Arts Center, the North-South Clarinet Ensemble expressed newfound communion between avant-gardist Perry Robinson and Michael White, who plays mostly traditional jazz in his New Orleans hometown. Though tentative at first co-leading a quintet, by set's end, the two found a common concept, something like the catharsis of a New Orleans jazz funeral meeting Downtown Manhattan's ecstatic ideal. "I'm not really here," White had said while introducing the dirge-based tune. "I'm dead, died five years ago." But if anyone embodies the idea of resilience, it is he, who lost mouthpieces from Sidney Bechet along with a house and a good chunk of his life to a flood five years ago. "When I hooked up with Perry," White told me later, in the downstairs CD market/cafeteria, "I was able to express feelings I'd been holding inside for a very long time. These things keep happening lately. It's like I'm onto another life now."

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