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Does Talent Matter?

Guest post by Peter Rubie. A friend asked me the other day: “What’s more important to artistic success? Talent, judgment, or perseverance?” Now, I find questions like...

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...

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...

How Much Should You Spend on Your Instrument?

We are all in different musical situations.  For some, their instrument is a tool to help them make money.  For others, their instrument is...

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...

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,...

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...

Why Jazz Matters

A lot of studies have been done on the benefits of music and music education in schools. Research has shown that learning music helps develop...

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...

Who Hijacked The Jazz Economy?

Sixty or eighty years ago, the jazz economy was healthy.  Things were different.  There was a healthy club scene in many metropolitan areas.  Jazz was...

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