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There was a panel discussion where jazz artist, trumpeter and artistic director of the Jazz at Lincoln Center, Wynton Marsalis, made a point about musical collaboration — particularly when the music styles and philosophies are different.

He discussed the concept of finding common ground and the many ways of finding it. Numerous places are connected by individuals with common ground, but the nature of that common ground is different. For instance, not as an indictment or endorsement of any of these, but you equally find common ground in religious places of worship as you do in a tavern, bar or shebeen. You find common ground in corporate and among entrepreneurs; on the streets and in institutions of education and in various sectors of society. The trick that comes with these different places is finding common ground with each other. ..

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