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My first gig in NYC

Less than a year later when I began playing with Betty Carter, this was something she addressed to me – being able to put aside all else that’s on your mind during a show and to simply serve the music. Learning to tap into that place, and the self-observation entailed, is a lifelong waking meditation for a performing artist.

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Could Live Jazz Learn From Professional Sports Teams in 2020?

(Yes, but exclude the recorded crowd noise during games.) Professional sports like football and major league baseball offer modern infrastructures for presenting products to all audiences.

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COMMENTARY 2020: Charlie Parker Centennial

Charlie “Bird” Parker was born in Kansas City, Kansas in 1920 and grew up in Kansas City, Missouri – his artistic innovations would ultimately lead him to worldwide musical acclaim. This undisputed and universal acknowledgement as an innovator and musical genius continues to the present. QUOTE “A father of bebop, he has continued to influence generations […]

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Freddie Hubbard – A Preface On How We Met

“You sound good, I heard you playing that ‘One Finger Snap’. You know that the melody you’re playing after the first four bars was mine, right? Herbie wrote out the first four bars of the melody and after that, he just had the chords on my part and told me to play my own melody. What you’re playing is what I played on the record, but I just came up with it that one time. Now they have it written that way in the fake-books, hahaha!”

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Commentary 12.19.19

2020 IS THE CHARLIE PARKER CENTENNIAL There are already quite a number of musical projects commemorating the fact that 2020 is the centennial year of the birth of CHARLIE PARKER (who was born on August 29, 1920 in Kansas City, Kansas). One particular recording project by Bobby Watson, Vincent Herring, and Gary Bartz (“Bird at […]

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JAN Vol. 1 Recapitulation

VOLUME 1 Check out JAN Vol. 1 using the direct hyperlinks below featuring the writing contributions of David R. Adler, Christopher Burnett and Scott Yanow. Editorials… Commentary: 07.06.17 Brian Landrus The Airmen of Note David Binney Bobby Watson Fred Hersch Commentary: 08.05.17 Top Jazz of 2017 Commentary: 12.25.17 Commentary: 02.25.18 Commentary: 06.04.18 Commentary: 07.15.18 Articles… The […]

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Commentary: 07.15.18

I see lots of what comes across as scarcity mentalities in the Jazz world. From: attitudes about getting gigs, getting airplay, getting awards or peer recognition, and as well as getting press and reviews, etc. To: infrastructure issues like scene power trips, musician cliques, and philanthropic gatekeepers becoming the show – we can often lose sight of the main thing – JAZZ

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Commentary 06.04.18

MUSINGS o When a musician embarks upon the path of jazz artistry now, it seems to be a calling first and a way to make a living second. It seems accepted that one must have a supplemental income stream beyond performing gigs. But, that seems to be the way it has always been. o We […]

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Commentary 02.25.18

Jazz Artistry Now Editorial Commentary 02.25.18 Jazz Artistry Now – As we approach concluding the second decade of the 21st Century, I am coming to another place of appreciation for the information available to humanity via digital technologies and the Internet. The Internet changed the music industry in some of the ways people make money […]

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Commentary 12.25.17

Jazz Artistry Now is happy to announce and pleased to introduce readers to our review staff of Jazz Journalists. JAZZ JOURNALISTS Scott Yanow has written 11 books on jazz, over 800 liner notes, and more than 20,000 recording reviews through the years. His writing has graced virtually all of the top jazz magazines and he […]