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Why You Should Work on Getting Your Own Sound

By nature, jazz musicians are historians.  To become a jazz musician, you pretty much have to check out nearly 100 years of recorded music from the previous generations of jazz musicians who paved the way.  We can...

You Don’t Have to Accept Every Gig

Conventional wisdom in the music world says "Take every gig that comes your way."  I'm here to challenge that assumption. In the early stages of a career it could be good advice to take most gigs that...

4 Ways To Keep Your Jazz New Year’s Resolutions

As the New Year approaches, millions of people around the world are reflecting on 2015, asking themselves what went well and what didn't. As we look forward we must ask ourselves where we want to be and...

How to Avoid Therapy as a Jazz Musician

Maybe it's the countless hours spent in the practice room.  Maybe's it's spending so much time trying to play like someone else through transcribing, listening, etc.  Maybe it's the various challenges jazz musicians face...

Why You Need to Play More Gigs

One of the best ways to improve as a musician is to play gigs.  I have noticed that many students of jazz seem to do this only sparingly.  When you are developing as an...
Jazz New Year's Resolution

Setting Your Jazz New Year’s Resolution

As a follow-up to Brent's "4 Ways to Keep Your Jazz New Year's Resolutions," I wanted to offer my perspective.  A new year gives you the opportunity to reflect on new ways to advance your...
Pluggin holes

Plugging Holes In Your Playing

Some of the Greats of Jazz weren’t especially theoretical or technical, although they could DEFINITELY play!  Chet Baker would supposedly ask what note a tune started on instead of thinking about the key.  George...

Expensive Jazz

I say this tongue-in-cheek, but whoever invented the term "Free Jazz" was lying.  Jazz is expensive.  In order to do it right, that is.  Here's a good check list for the jazz musician.  Do you: Practice...

Mirroring Jazz History in Your Own Music

Jazz musicians are, by our very nature, historians.  You pretty much have to dig deep into the history of jazz in order to play the music at a high level.  It's a great thing when...

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