I first met BJ, while still a 'kid', of 28, listening to him at the Jazz Cafe in NB. I always loved any chance I had to talk to him and hear him talk.
The conversation that moved me the most thought, was the one we had about Paris. You see, I was having a showing there, but could not go. BJ was filling my head about his time in Paris and related to me the sounds and sights and energy, so much so, that I felt I was transported there. His face lit and hands danced while revealing to me his moments.
During this conversation, I felt alright with my decision to not go, because I realized that SF was my Paris and that BJ was my Parisian. Here was this great musical person expanding my world... bringing the paris mind-frame right here, everywhere he went.