Category Archives: The Five-Year Jazz Organ Project

A 250-post project to document my progress over five years from where I am in January 2016 to jazz organ excellence in January 2021.

Learn Jazz Organ Part 1 (Jazz Organ Project 57/250)

My first jazz organ lesson was with Ondrej Pivec in Brooklyn. I learned stock chord voicings, which are your basic no-frill keyboard chords. It’s essential that you know these as you begin jazz organ. Print out the graphic below, and … Continue reading

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Do The Reps(Jazz Organ Project 56/250)

I did a very nice studio session today where I laid down piano tracks for two songs, and also recorded an acoustic bass track. It was relaxed, and I’m proud to say I played really well. My creative juices were … Continue reading

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Two-Part Episode (Jazz Organ Project 55/250)

Part 1 – Preparing for a gig Read and understand all communications regarding the gig. Make sure you know all details including, but is not limited to: 1. Exact start and finish times. 2. How much you are going to … Continue reading

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When Will I Be Good (Jazz Organ Project 54/250)

The other day, I sat down to listen to a recording of my trio. I heard myself make tons of mistakes, and my time seemed to always be rushing ahead of the beat. I wondered, “When am I going to … Continue reading

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Practice Magic (Jazz Organ Project 53/250)

It takes a ton of practice to become a great magician. Great magicians often spend years in seclusion practicing magic tricks in order to get them perfect. It’s one of those careers that necessarily has to be about the love … Continue reading

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Time is Everything (Jazz Organ Project 52/250)

Timing is very important in music. It’s much more important than the harmonic content or the tone quality of a particular instrument. I’ve seen pianists with a great time feel sit down at an cheap or out-of-tune piano and make … Continue reading

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How To Fail (Jazz Organ Project 51/250)

Recently, I had a gig that was going to be four rehearsals and two shows. The music was easy, and I enjoyed being able to sight-read the material nearly perfectly on the first try. The band members were a bunch … Continue reading

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Just Watch (Jazz Organ Project 49/250)

It’s important to observe master musicians live and in person. You’ll learn things that are somehow impossible to latch onto by listening to recordings or watching videos. I remember seeing Ron Carter play live for the first time in around … Continue reading

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Use A Timer (Jazz Organ Project 48/250)

I procrastinate and get distracted very easily when I am faced with doing things that I kind of don’t want to do. Timing myself keeps me focused and helps me accomplish things quickly. I challenge myself by using the countdown … Continue reading

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Old School Listening (Jazz Organ Project 47/250)

When I was a freshman in college, I bought jazz albums on vinyl. Not because vinyl was trendy, but because it was the least expensive way to get music. Jamey Aebersold published a pulp mail-order catalog, and I’d get records … Continue reading

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