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I feel incredibly fortunate to have had the opportunity to study music with Jim. Now, many years later I look back, and am amazed by how many people he touched. What I took from my lessons gets deeper as time passes. A lifetime of homework. As Jim would say, "an endless endeavour".   I remember that when I would arrive at a lesson, Jim would often already be practising. That was very inspiring for me. His humble nature left a big mark on me. The idea of listening intensely, on and and off the bandstand. The idea of being a part of something. Being patient...

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