Dear Family, Friends, Colleagues and Fans,
I’ve received a number of messages via various avenues from some of you expressing concern about my travel to Japan this weekend in light of the challenging situation there at present. Thank you so much for expressing your affection and regard for me in this way – it has touched me deeply. I haven’t responded since I myself have been agonizing over what decision to make concerning fulfilling my professional obligation once I found out that the Phil Woods tour would be going on as scheduled. The past few days have been spent in following events as close as possible, conducting due diligence on the range of possible outcomes, and becoming clear on what specific conditions would make it obligatory to cancel. As of this morning, my conclusion is that though conditions might be less comfortable than normal for Japan, the risk will be manageable and the situation not severe enough for me to cancel and by doing so compromise the group that I’m a part of. I know some of you may not agree with my choice, but I hope you understand that I would not make a decision like this without a lot of careful thought and consideration. It seems that we are living and working in an increasingly uncertain and unstable world. Anyone like myself who has travel as an integral part of his or her profession must constantly access and calibrate what level of risk is acceptable balanced against the fulfillment and rewards of their career. In this case I’ve come to the conclusion that my personal level hasn’t been exceeded. My apologies for any anxiety I may be giving you, especially to my loved ones; I promise to be extremely careful and vigilant while I’m away. I will be back in NY on Monday, March 29. I’ll put updates on my blog, Twitter, or Facebook as time and situation permits.
All My Very Best,