Gregory's Open Road

  • INTERVIEWED BY:

    Tabula Rasa

  • INTERVIEW LOCATION:

    Kansas City, MO

  • AIRED ON:

    Public Television: Season 7

  • ON DVD:

GREGORY CARROLL

CEO
American Jazz Museum

“A real job that is a successful job for someone is a job that's driven by their passion and their love.”

INTERESTS:

Music

THEMES DISCUSSED:

Character Desire Experience Focus Individualism Inspiration Opportunity Passion Perseverance Pressure Success Struggle Talent Negativity Support & Encouragement

FOUNDATION:

Being Creative

TAGS:

adjustments, ambition, becoming, Characture, childhood, death, eye on the prize, fast food, funeral, Lionel Hampton, McDonalds, mind set, music, music business, overcoming, parents, piano, positivity, stronger, vibraphone

BIOGRAPHY:

  • Growing up, his dad and friends were always listening to jazz out on the porch; Gregory was allowed to hang out with them one day.
  • First artists he heard were Ella Fitzgerald and Lionel Hampton; thought, “I want to play that instrument Lionel Hampton is playing.”
  • Got a little keyboard and picked up the Lionel Hampton tune by ear; his parents realized he had to develop this talent.
  • Took piano lessons for free through public school; teacher introduced him to the vibraphone, which he recognized as Lionel Hampton’s instrument.
  • Was working at a fast food restaurant in high school; quit, vowed it was the last time he’d ask, “Do you want fries with that?”
  • When he was teaching music, he was disheartened by parents telling talented kids, “You have to get a real job,” felt that belittled his career.
  • Struggled with the idea that he wouldn’t be a famous musician, eventually got over it, realized he’d be happy as an executive, a teacher, anything in music.
  • Says that at some point, you may realize, “getting it all may never be achievable...and that’s okay!”

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