Today we’d like to introduce you to Gregory LéDon Sidberry.
Thanks for sharing your story with us Gregory LéDon. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
I was asked, what can I do to impact our world? My answer: play your saxophone, start a JAZZ peace movement, invite people to join the adventure and encourage everyone to dream big and be fearless.
Since childhood, I composed music and played an instrument. I even studied music in school. But when the realities of life hit me squarely in my heart, I had to decide whether to follow the well-trodden-path of the good education/good job or to venture along the road less traveled.
I choose to be like so many dreamers who defer their dreams with the hope that one day the door to their desired future will open. The hard part is realizing that we have to open our own door. We have to embrace what we want out of life and write our own story.
On October 24, 2014, I walked away from a job I loved to follow a dream with a very unknown future. My mirror called me a fool. My friends thought I had lost my mind. I was excited. It was now time to put my faith into action and demonstrate that FAITH is acronym meaning: For All I Trust Him, with the ‘HIM’ being the One who created creativity — God.
Seeing so much turmoil, I had to do something. Playing my saxophone, I decided to give JAZZ a chance to celebrate peace. I started a company, Jazz in the Key of Faith, Inc., to produce creative works that encourage positive conservation, multicultural interaction and music that will inspire big dreams.
Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
No. No. NO! Some of the struggles:
1. Leaving a job I loved and colleagues I enjoyed working with;
2. Not knowing where to start;
3. Having limited resources – no studio, no audio engineers, no band, few venues, no etc, etc. and now, no job.
4. Losing my mentor and music collaborator 1 and 1/2 years into the project.
Please tell us about Jazz in the Key of Faith.
I am known for playing my saxophone and helping people. As a librarian, it is in your DNA to help. As a saxophonist, I have played as an avocation but now through my company I am intentionally building an environment to become known as a great professional saxophonist and creating an organization that helps others realize their passion.
Jazz in the Key of Faith, Inc., is a company that exists to give JAZZ a change to celebrate peace by producing creative ventures that encourage positive conversation, multicultural interaction and inspire everyone — black, white, Hispanic, young or old to have and pursue your dreams.
We specialize in music productions that everyone can enjoy and appreciate. For example, our 1st product is a concert series called “Praying 4 Jerusalem.”
Praying 4 Jerusalem encompasses the ancient ideas that Jerusalem is the center of the universe and is called the city of peace. If a peace movement is going to start, it should begin where the name of peace in central. Jerusalem is a very diverse city and the old town of Jerusalem is even today, divided into four separate culturally different sections. Praying for Jerusalem is praying for the world and if peace can happen there, it can happen everywhere.
What sets us apart is that we are people focused and want to inspire peaceful co-existence.
If you had to go back in time and start over, would you have done anything differently?
Acknowledged the fears, embraced the dream and find mentors who have successfully achieved their goals. I started playing saxophone at the age of 14. I knew I want to be a great saxophonist. In college, I was on my way but allow life challenges to interfere.
- Website: http://www.praying4Jerusalem.com
- Phone: 305.213.2729
- Email: jazz@praying4Jerusalem.com
- Instagram: praying4Jerusalem
- Facebook: @theSaxophoneGuy
- Twitter: @praying4J
Phil & Antoinette Lashley, Robert Zuckerman, Peter London Global Dance Company, Gregory LeDon, Iwalani M. Martin