Why did they persist and what life lessons could we take away from their example and dedication to jazz music? 

“Being of a particular ethnicity or gender had a great impact on your ability to make a living as a musician during the Swing Era (and beyond). What do you think it says about the character of these musicians who faced constant discrimination and earned very little playing jazz on the road?

Why did they persist and what life lessons could we take away from their example and dedication to jazz music?

Do you think the value of the music increases because of this?