Getting over your guilt of not practicing enough

No, this is not a post assuring you that you don’t really need to practice in order to become a better player. To get better at playing jazz requires work, and I’ve written about it here, here, and here, among many other places including the lesson on my free course Pocket Jazz called Playing Jazz is Easy (sarcasm). Instead, […]

Michael Brecker on one’s individual sound

A friend sent me a link to a YouTube video with Michel Brecker talking about different topics as part of what looked like a panel discussion. The entire video is: https://youtu.be/Ah0f34pWrSQ I thought I’d highlight one short segment for you. At the very end, he spoke briefly about being comfortable with one’s own unique sound, warts […]

Summer reading ideas

Summer, for many, is a time to slow down and recharge the batteries. Everyone has a different means of recharging – travel and vacations chief among them – but regardless, I find that reading has the power to provide me with a fresh perspective and make me a little smarter about the world. Let me […]

Lessons from the great Paul Bley

My fascination with pianist Paul Bley goes way back, and I was reminded of this while putting together a new video lesson for Pocket Jazz. If you haven’t yet checked out my free course on jazz improvisation called Pocket Jazz, you should. For only your name and email, you can get the entire course for […]

Frank Rosolino ‘sheds’ Round Midnight and Invitation with Lou Levy

This very rare recording is truly a treasure. It was shared with me by Barry Kierce who received it years ago from Rick Blanc, a well-known and beloved New York/Los Angeles-based bass trombone player who spent much of his earlier career in Europe. This is a “fly on the wall” recording of Frank and pianist Lou Levy […]

What should I practice?

This is a question I am asked a lot and one that is on many people’s mind, possibly including yours. So let’s talk about it. The more detailed question is:

Musicians: getting over stage fright

Richie Beirach and I are about to release our new book called Teaching and Learning Jazz. As a promotion for the book’s release, we will give away as a bonus our first book called A Framework for Jazz Mastery. But we wanted to provide more with our new book, so we added a chapter to […]