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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 it: Jazz musicians have been some of the meanest, cruelest, whining, egotistical...

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...

Why “Vibing” is Bad for Jazz

What is "vibing" in jazz, and why does it happen?  If you've been around the music very long, you may have experienced "vibing."  "Vibing" is a mean-spirited attitude toward other musicians and the way they...

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 always put it into words. Though we might be jazz...

The (Whole) Truth About Jazz Vocabulary

Guest post by Josiah Boornazian. An Important Question In this post, I want to focus on some of the philosophical and practical concerns that arise when we ask the question “how do I learn and develop...

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...

Sex, Drugs, Alcohol and Jazz

Anyone who has ever studied jazz history probably knows that its unruly cast of characters was often loaded on drugs and alcohol.  Charlie Parker, one of jazz's most iconic heroes, died very young because of...

The Most Important Jazz Albums of All Time

Normally, I would go ahead and list for you a handful of jazz records that historically have been noted as "the most important" time and time again; the ones everyone can agree upon. But I...

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...

Top Ten Underrated Jazz Musicians

Miles Davis, Louis Armstrong, John Coltrane, Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, Count Basie, Duke Ellington...these names are synonymous with jazz, and their brilliance shines bright. There are other players-Sonny Rollins, Chick Corea, Herbie Hancock, Pat Metheny,...

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