For a week in November, some of Richmond’s finest jazz musicians performed at a jazz festival in Turkey, where VCU alumnus Emre Kartari founded the country’s first jazz educational institution. For Kartari and musicians like Doug Richards, Skip Gailes, and Howard Curtis, it was a reunion of sorts. For VCU Jazz students Ben Heemstra, Andrew Randazzo, and Lucas Fritz, it was the trip of a lifetime.
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Karl Morse, a 23-year-old guitarist from Ashland, will spend 10 months teaching and performing in Qatar, a small country in the Middle East which, up until recently, was a musical and cultural desert. Here he shares his thoughts about his upcoming stay there and what he hopes to get out of it.