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Jazz Opinion

Why Jazz Isn’t Defined By Your Personal Taste

In recent years I’ve noticed what I feel is a troubling trend among some – but, to be fair, not all – jazz musicians...

What’s the True Meaning Behind Jazz Music?

If you’re reading this, it’s probably because you love jazz. Deep down, many of us know why we love jazz, even if we can’t...

Don’t Be a Jazz Snob!

Jazz snobs. I know my fair share of them. Most musicians I know are in the jazz circles, and while I wouldn't categorize most...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...
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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...

Why Jazz Musicians Can Be The Biggest Jerks

I just can't take it any longer. I've held it in for a while, but now I just have to come out and say...

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