Village Vanguard ’95 at the bar with Hilton Ruiz. We were playing with David Murray and the house was big. DD Jackson started the gig for one night at the piano (Tuesday) but he had an emergency health problem in his family…Damn, David found Hilton! This was my 1st time (out of 3 now) performing on the Vanguard stage and (please remember) for a guy from Montana, it was a bit tumultuous when I took the case off the bass and sat in the legends shoes on that stage…I almost dropped the instrument. Anyway, Hilton said to me, “Kelly, why do you stay in Montana when you play this music so real?”. I thought for an instant and said “Why did you come to New York to play with me, of all people, at the Village Vanguard?”.