Practicing pan in a small apartment with thin walls can be a challenge. Many neighbors cannot appreciate our efforts at mastering our instrument. I found myself in this position and found a surprising solution. Surprising in that not only was
Transcriptions of solos by some of the great pannists.Pdf files available.
Our lives begin as improvisations and are slowly composed. Play is improvisation, so is dancing, also conversation and many sports. Action and reaction and tension and release are things that jazz musicians must master for their improvised solos to be
The first time I walked into a Chinese herb shop in San Francisco, the rush of aromas was nearly overwhelming. It was as if I was smelling everything that I had ever smelled in one delicious inhale. Keith Jarrett’s music is
He graces the covers of the jazz magazines, wins best jazz guitarist in polls, and is one of the most in demand sidemen in the jazz world, yet he rarely plays a jazz cliche, a 16th note, or a jazz
As a player and jazz lover for more than 35 years I’ve observed with interest the current online discussion regarding the future of jazz, and I have some thoughts. Age doesn’t necessarily bring wisdom, but it does bring perspective. They say that the jazz audience
By Tom Gates In 1972 at the University of Miami, I met the future of jazz guitar. He was an eighteen year-old kid from Missouri named Pat Metheny. There were very few colleges that offered guitar studies in 1972, and
Go! Go! Hike the ball – now! Jaco’s bare feet were bleeding and the ring finger on his left hand had been jammed and was swollen to the size of a Ball Park Frank. We were playing flag football at Holiday Park