Top 5 things I can do to grow as a musician in 2022
A xylophone performance of Everybody Loves My Baby. I bought a xylophone in 2021 during Covid and I'm learning to play the dang thing. Two mallets here, four mallets coming up soon. Written in 1924, 75 years+ of silliness.
Returning this weekend drumming with Pacy Schulman Jazz quartet at Tartary in Etobicoke. Saturdays at 2 pm. It's been a long wait. For details check here.
Do drummers ever stop dreaming of drums? Nope.
Do pianist every stop dreaming of playing? Nope.
Do composers every stop putting sound in order? Nope.
Staying healthy when teaching a full roster will be the number 1 challenge. Physical fitness, rest and good nutrition will be key. And time off every long weekends and school break holidays.
In the late 1970's these two guys helped me on my early jazz journey. First in Toronto with Sonny Stitt, in a bar, on a break, at the piano. And then shortly there after in Boston with Dino. I was thinking about them today.
What did I learn?
1. Jazz is not back ground music.
2. Skill counts.
3. Intensity is imperative.
4. This jazz thing is going to take awhile.
In response to a question I was recently asked by a colleague looking for more students, here goes.
Making music in the time of COVID-19
1st Covid duo jam this Wednesday with Rory. He'll stand inside the front door, I'll be in the dinning room on piano 15 feet away. It's a large room, good ventilation, masks.
July we restart the trios.
What I'm up to behind the scenes.