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Non-Jazz Music I Listen To (And How it Influences My Jazz)

Okay, so this is a jazz podcast, so obviously we talk a lot about jazz education: how do you play jazz, how do you get better at jazz, and of course, what jazz should you listen to and really digest in order to become a better jazz musician.

However, I do not only listen to jazz music. I actually enjoy listening to an array of different styles of music and in some cases, I choose to listen to other styles of music over jazz. That being said, I often find that these other styles of music influence the way I play jazz as well.

So, today I’m gonna go over some of the non-jazz music that I listen to and how it’s influenced me.

Listen to episode 363

Main Points:
1. Music I listened to before jazz
2. Classic Rock and Early 2,000’s rock influences
3. Dream Theater and prog rock/metal
4. How the music I was listening to led me to jazz
5. Elliot Smith
5. Singer-songwriters

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Brent Vaartstra
Brent Vaartstrahttp://www.brentvaartstra.com
Brent Vaartstra is a professional jazz guitarist and educator living in New York City. He is the head blogger and podcast host for learnjazzstandards.com which he owns and operates. He actively performs around the New York metropolitan area and is the author of the Hal Leonard publication "Visual Improvisation for Jazz Guitar." He's also the host of the music entrepreneurship podcast "Passive Income Musician."

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