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Expensive Jazz

I say this tongue-in-cheek, but whoever invented the term “Free Jazz” was lying.  Jazz is expensive.  In order to do it right, that is.  Here’s a good check list for the jazz musician.  Do you:

This is just a short list of the many things expected of a mature jazz musician.  It is an expensive art form.  There are easier styles of music to master, but jazz is compelling.  It has a way of stretching our capabilities, causing us to put forth our best of efforts and rise to a higher caliber of musicianship.  Jazz demands a lot of a musician, but it is incredibly rewarding. Even musicians who primarily play other styles of music can greatly benefit from studying jazz because of its demand for musical comprehension.

Jazz is expensive.  Embrace it.  Live it.  Love it.  And be sincere in your pursuit of excellence.

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Camden Hughes
Camden is a working jazz pianist, multi-instrumentalist, and music educator currently living near Boise, ID. He teaches music at the Idaho Arts Charter School, and is the jazz adjunct professor at Northwest Nazarene University. Check out his music at


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