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DALE TOLIVER, guitarist, musician, producer, teacher!  Originally from Buffalo, New York, Dale Toliver started playing music when he was just a young boy of nine!   He’d play drums for church services and the choir as well.  As he grew up, he went from drums to electric bass and finally to guitar.

 He’s been playing since the age of 17, studied music in L.A. as well as privately with Joe Pass and Steve Brown, to say the least.   He was lead guitar for the band Crosswinds, performed regularly as a solo artist at the Historical Colored Musicians’ Club in Buffalo and has launched in own music television show called Jazz at Rico’s.

A man of few words who prefers to touch your heart and soul with his wonderful music.  Dale, welcome, and thank you so much for participating in this project. 

No. 1)  What is music to an for you?

Music, to me, is a way of life.  What music is for me is a means of support.

No. 2)  What inspires you?DALE TOLIVER 3

I’m inspired by how everybody plays the same song a different way and how they make it their own voice.

No. 3)  When you are playing, creating, where does it take you?  Where does your mind (spirit) travel?

As for where my creativity takes me..where my mind goes ….I look for all my options that are available to me.

No. 4)  Do you think music, visual art and health are related and if so, how?

If you’re making music or painting or dancing, you’re usually doing what you love, and if you’re doing what you love, you’re happy and if you’re happy, you are usually healthy.

No. 5)  How do you feel when you’re playing for yourself, not performing?

I don’t play for myself…I practice.

No. 6)  Under what conditions do you do your best work?

Well rested and well practiced!

No. 7)  Do you identify with your music and on what level?

Yes, I identify with the music, because it’s a vocabulary of things that you learn from a child up.

No. 8)  Does playing music help you connect with your higher self, whatever that is for you?

Yes, playing music is a discipline and brings out the higher consciousness in me.

No. 9)  How do you feel about the public school systems and developing creativity in students?

Oh I think its great….creativity is crucial to keeping learning exciting and fun and it opens doors to other ways or points of views.

DALE TOLIVER 2 JAZZ TRIONo. 10)  What would be a simple solution to improve creativity in the school systems?

There is no simple way…you just have to work at it and be willing to put the time in.

No. 11)  What is jazz to you?

Jazz means expression of your skills as used by your  creative mind!

Dale, I want to thank you again for participating in this project and I  wish you well in all your endeavours.  Until we meet again, be blessed!


You can learn more about Dale by visiting the links below.  Your comments are always appreciated, thank you so much!  ENJOY!



Dale has a fan page on Facebook as well!

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Filed in: MUSIC • Friday, September 17th, 2010


Enjoyed your article.. Your talent and dedication to excellence shines in your music. Was impressed with the emphasis on practice after years of accomplishment. Should be a true inspiration to young musicians. Thank you for sharing with us.
.-= Cecelia Gay´s last blog ..The Spirit Door =-.

By Randy starks on July 5th, 2011 at 12:16 pm



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My name is Michele Andree. I am an artist, I paint musicians in action. I think I’m a musician at heart, my instrument being… a brush, so I play…brush and I paint… music.
I love jazz. I call it freedom music. It promotes special values. I love intelligent people and good conversations.

Some people ask me how music relates to art. Personally I find they go hand in hand. Music is what turns me on to painting. It makes me see colours