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The Jazz Mindset

Why do we play jazz? Why do we play music? I hope the main reason why we spend so much time practicing, playing, and performing is...

3 Reasons Why You Need To Stop Playing Gigs For Free

Normal 0 Let’s imagine you and your musician friends want to host a special performance at your home.  You are sitting down to plan this...

A Jazz Guide to Practicing

Normal 0 Normal 0 Normal 0 As musicians, all of us have sat down with our instruments, ready to embark on that most sacred ritual.  You close...

Stop Beating Yourself Up!

I had a great conversation today with Brent Vaartstra, who works with me on LJS, about the inner game of the musician. We got...

The 10 Mother Tunes Every Jazz Musician Should Know

Ever wonder which jazz standards are the most important to know?  Well, these tunes below represent some of the best tunes in the jazz...

Why You Should Throw Your Fakebook Away

GET RID OF YOUR FAKEBOOK! THROW THAT TRASH OUT! You know that little book on your shelf with the melodies and chord changes? Throw it in...

Keeping a List of Jazz Standards

Have you ever shown up to a gig without any idea of what songs you would do? I certainly have. There is a certain...

44 Essential Jazz Recordings-Guest Post by Brent Jensen

Brent Jensen is the Director of Jazz Studies at the College of Southern Idaho.  He is also an amazing saxophonist and recording artist for...

Why Learn Jazz Standards?

Learning jazz standards seems to be a very daunting task. Many top jazz players have HUNDREDS or even THOUSANDS of songs memorized. For the...

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