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.