Rome Neal walked up to the microphone last week at the Paris Blues in Harlem and was just about to sing â€œI Worry About Youâ€ when he decided to share some great news with his audience. In his 12 years of performing a one-man show about Thelonious Monk, Neal had come to appreciate the importance of exquisite timing.
â€œMy daughterâ€™s name is Lia Neal and she just made it to become an Olympic swimmer, and sheâ€™ll be swimming in the Olympics in 2012 in London, England, the 4×100 relay,â€ Neal said.
The audience applauded and cheered enthusiastically. â€œLia is 17 years old,â€ he said, â€œthe second African-American female swimmer to make it to the Olympics.â€
When Lia Neal’s jazz dad finally got to tell on stage that she was an Olympian