Another story from the new book by Richie Beirach and me

Richie and I have been writing a book on jazz education called Teaching and Learning Jazz: From tradition to technology – A frank appraisal of jazz education. Part one of the book is a collection of stories by Richie of musical life lessons he learned from his masters Chet Baker, Stan Getz, George Coleman, and […]

Transforming TikTok into an online course

Pocket Jazz is coming. I am finishing up transforming the nearly 70 TikTok videos I produced earlier this year into an online course I am calling ‘Pocket Jazz’. I call it ‘Pocket Jazz’ since these 1 to 3-minute bite-sized jazz tips are formatted to TikTok within the vertical space of a phone screen. I recorded […]

A rare example of excellence

I admit that I find myself too often frustrated by the awful service dolled out throughout the world. The list includes: Product support chat and phone agents who are clueless about their own product Support tickets that are never responded to The lack of any contact info on many websites Company phones that ring without […]

The new book by Richie Beirach and me

Throughout the past year, Richie and I have been writing a book on jazz education. It is called Teaching and Learning Jazz: From tradition to technology – A frank appraisal of jazz education. Throughout more than 150 pages, we explore the evolution of jazz education through the master apprentice practice of the early years, the […]

Gerry Pagano’s retirement concert

My long-time good friend and bass trombone extraordinaire Gerry Pagano is retiring from the St. Louis symphony next month after 27 years. That’s over 125 in dog years!! Gerry and I have talked much over the years about the fate of symphony players resting on the cities in which openings happen to pop up for […]