"Drue Kataoka is a phenomenal talent, an artistic force of nature. It’s imperative that Drue continues to chronicle the Jazz tradition in America, because she is an extraordinary master of Sumi-e who has the ability to inspire others. She may be the only person in the world who understands the connections between Sumi-e and Jazz, the rhythmic complexities, brushed syncopations, and subtle grooves. She is a master of the negative space—what Thelonious Monk calls the willful art of silence. This rising star is truly an ally in the fight to raise awareness and prominence for arts on our national agenda. In Drue, I see someone who is passionate about preserving art and celebrating the tradition of the arts in America and really in the world."