The Pros and Cons of Being a Multi-Instrumentalist

I received an email from an LJS subscriber a few weeks ago, which described a fairly common predicament in the music world. This musician was a multi-instrumentalist, and it seemed to be perplexing him...

A Jazz Mentor I’m Thankful For and What He Taught Me

I often share jazz tips and advice on this blog and on our podcast, but truthfully I didn't come up with it all myself. In fact, I have a large number of jazz teachers...

How the Jazz Greats Became Great

Often when we think of jazz greats such as Charlie Parker, John Coltrane, Louis Armstrong, Sonny Rollins, and a host of others, we think of them as icons of immeasurable talent. In jazz circles...

15 Hilarious Jazz Jokes

I've heard a lot of great jazz jokes, both from musicians I know and those floating around the internet. In an effort to spread the laughs and pass on the humor. Here are some...

Deep Song: The Suffering of Billie Holiday

While reading, listen to Billie Holidays "Deep Song". Human suffering has the ability to kindle the flames that forge art. Love that has been misguided, violated, abused and destroyed can lead to a multitude of...

Why Scales Are Ruining Your Jazz Playing

One of the questions I get that makes me cringe the most is "What scales can I play over...(a jazz standard)". It's not that scales are bad, or that it's a dumb question. It's that...

3 Life Lessons Jazz Has Taught Me

It seems that ever since I found jazz (or jazz found me), my life has never quite been the same. Studying and pursuing jazz has led me to move to different cities, go to particular colleges,...

What Jazz Will Sound Like In 10 Years

Jazz is an evolving music. It's not a music that is stuck in the past, although some may be either uneducated or mislead to believe that it is. Jazz is flexible, adaptive, and elusive....

One Thing The Best Jazz Musicians Do That Others Don’t

Since the very first day I started getting serious about jazz, I've pondered over and over again what it is exactly that made the jazz greats so great. Whenever I go to shows of...

Is Practicing With Play-Alongs Bad?

I've heard it said before that jazz musicians should not practice with play-alongs: "It's not how the music should be played!" "It's not what Bird and Diz and those guys were doing!" "A backing track...
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