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The Existential Problem with Jazz Band

Jazz education has been institutionalized.  For decades now, you have been able to find a form of jazz education in countless middle schools, high schools, and colleges.  In a way that helps to propel the...

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...

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,...

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 of them as authentic jazz snobs, there are always the...

The 3 Most Important Jazz Guitarists of All Time

I get asked time to time, who I think the most important jazz guitarists are. This can be a tough question to answer because jazz guitar has had such a rich history of incredible...

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...

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...

A Reality Check for Jazz Musicians

There are three types of jazz musicians in the world today: the professionals, the students and the hobbyists. All three are equally important for the survival of each other and the survival of jazz music itself. The Hobbyists: Individuals...

Musicians Must Get Paid!

This article is a follow up to 3 Reasons Why You Need To Stop Playing Gigs For Free, in which I talk about how our musical economy has been severely damaged by musicians playing...

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...

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