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I’m sorry to see The Standard restaurant in Chapel Hill close their doors- we enjoyed playing there tremendously! Good luck in the future, Nick Williams.
For a few weeks, I have been stuck between two different practicing concepts. One philosophy is that you should practice one thing until you can play it quickly and flawlessly. The other way of doing it is to practice a … Continue reading
Happy December! We have a new regular weekly gig- Thursday and Friday nights at the West End Wine Bar. It’s a fun place for us to play, and very cool place to see music. I hope you will join us … Continue reading
I played a 5-hour duo gig last night with Ben Palmer. Just me on organ and Ben on guitar. It turned out to be a great time, and I learned a lot about the psychology of gigging. It was amazing … Continue reading
When someone gave me a copy of Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, I expected a book version of a cheesy TV late-night infomercial. I was very wrong, and the book ended up changing the way I think about several … Continue reading
Jazz educator Steve Nixon wrote this excellent article on how to play fast tempos. I stumbled across his excellent website as I was trying to research practice methods for how to play faster. In point #7, Steve says that he … Continue reading
I recently met alto saxophonist John Palowitch at the Blue Note Grill Jam Session in Durham. He’s a great young saxophonist who leads a parallel life as a PhD student in mathematics at UNC. I feel like John and I … Continue reading
My friend Ralph DeMasi sent me this short video of me, Brad Maiani and Tyler Leak from our first gig at West End Wine Bar of Chapel Hill.
It’s a lot of fun being a full-time musician! I make a living doing what I love. A huge part of being successful in music is to make a commitment to practicing music every day. For me, it seems very … Continue reading