Sonny Rollins’ letter to Coleman Hawkins

Do read this, a touching letter from Sonny Rollins to Coleman Hawkins in 1962 (from the website www.jazzclef.com). The greatest players possess not only self-discipline and powers of concentration, but generally, great humility.

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Shock, horror, Bill Evans records “Nardis” 41 times! (learning tunes properly…)

Shock horror – jazz genius recorded “Nardis” 41 times (as far as we know)… I wonder why? Perhaps he wanted to go deeper. I have heard many famous jazz musicians advocating the necessity to learn a lot of repertoire. Nameless esteemed artist number one recently encouraged students to know at least 100 tunes, while esteemed artist number twoContinue reading “Shock, horror, Bill Evans records “Nardis” 41 times! (learning tunes properly…)”

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Paul Desmond, a master mind and wit: some thoughts for a New Year

A poet of the music, Paul Desmond was both self-deprecating and deeply insightful. This medley of quotes might tickle and provoke us… “I tried practicing for a few weeks and ended up playing too fast… I have won several prizes as the world’s slowest alto player, as well as a special award in 1961 forContinue reading “Paul Desmond, a master mind and wit: some thoughts for a New Year”

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The Improvisational Brain – new article

Musicians and students are prone to a bit ranting as to whether or not the analogy with language acquisition is appropriate.

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