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Jazz Day: What IS Jazz?

Today is International Jazz Day and I want to revisit an old article I wrote about what jazz is to me. My take on describing jazz is a little different. It’s not a history lesson. I’m not writing today about … Continue reading

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International Jazz Day – Tiger Music Feature

April 30th is International Jazz Day and we would like to take this opportunity to feature our two jazz books at TigerMusicStore.com. Trane for Trumpet Trane for Trumpet is a book I wrote to help me learn how to improvise … Continue reading

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Why Should You Go to the Jazz Jam Sessions?

There’s a Reason for the Tradition It is completely unreasonable for anyone to ever think that they could become good jazz musicians without ever having gone to jam sessions. You can work on your scales and your technique, you can … Continue reading

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The Life Cycle of a Plant

The following is an article I originally posted on JazzHouston.com. I’m posting it here again because I think it’s one of my best articles. The Life Cycle of a Plant Too often, we as musicians fail to see performances in … Continue reading

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Beginning Jazz Improvisation for Advanced Musicians

Twelve Tunes for Linear, Diatonic Improvisation I wrote a book about ten years ago that was designed for advanced players. It’s a book that introduces jazz improvisation to musicians who are already accomplished players in other idioms. I thought to … Continue reading

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Every ‘mistake’ is an opportunity in jazz. Stefon Harris

Here’s a video George Chase shared on Facebook that I wanted to share with my readers. Stefon Harris says something that I’ve been telling my improv students for decades but takes it to the next level. I have always said … Continue reading

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Life Builders: Larry Slezak

The next person I want to acknowledge in my Life Builders series is Larry Slezak. Larry is one of Houston’s top saxophonists. He has a powerful command of the instrument that demands the respect of all who hear him perform. … Continue reading

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