I had a great time playing at 2nd Wind last night with Tim Smith, Ben Palmer, and Eric Mrozkowski. I played my new Hamichord organ, covering the bass line with my left hand. Super fun!
Chris plays THE JAZZ FIFE!
Nelson and Justin take their turns soloing:
I’d like to share a question with you that I’ve been thinking about a lot.
Suppose you have two jazz musicians of equal ability. One of them has a metronome and a pile of classical sheet music. The other musician has available all modern jazz education materials and tools (but not the classical sheet music). Both are free to listen to jazz as much as they want and co-opt musical ideas from the material that they practice.
Between the musician who has available great classical sheet music, and the musician who has available all current jazz educational tools, which would be the better jazz musician?
I’ve been thinking about this a lot, because it might help me shape my future practice routines.
I’ve been working on playing my scales and things faster. My goal with scales and arpeggios is to play them with both hands sixteenth notes at quarter note = 132 BPM. If you don’t have a sense of how fast that is, it’s pretty fast.
After the first five minutes or so, my hands are tired and beginning to cramp. I don’t like to stop and rest, so usually I will switch back to playing triplets at 132, and make sure I’m breathing regularly and not holding any unnecessary tension.
I practice scales on my Casio Celviano digital piano, which has a graded hammer action keyboard. I try to work the lower octaves, where the keys are especially heavy, in order to really strengthen my fingers.
I listen for any irregularities in the tone, and try to correct them without slowing down. At this tempo, often I try to send messages to my hand and hope they respond to my wishes- they are moving too fast for me to consciously analyze the movement.
By the time I switch over to the organ and start practicing jazz stuff, my hands are hot to the touch!
We had a great time last night! Tons of fantastic musicians came by and sat in.
We try to keep the jam session friendly, and we welcome musicians of any ability level to sit in with the house band. Musicians including singers!
If it’s your first time coming to sit in at the jam, I’d like to suggest that you choose a song that you would like to perform. Also, it might be a good idea to bring either sheet music or a chord chart for people to read if they are not familiar with the song.
Hope to see you all next monday!
It felt awesome to perform at the Carrboro Music Festival and Festifall on consecutive weekends! It’s nice to get more experience playing on stage in front of a crowd.
We have had a few small setbacks as well- we had to cancel gigs at The Acorn Inn and Milltown because of inclement weather, and our regular show at The Station seems to have fallen by the wayside as well.
Now I’m inspired to work even harder on music and move on toward bigger things.
Whether to play for free or not is a hotly debated topic. Many musicians would flat out refuse to play for free. Others, especially ones living in the big cities like New York or LA, have found that playing for free is the standard.
I love to keep busy performance schedule – if I had my way, my trio would be playing seven times a week! I often have to take my trio into clubs that a very little or nothing. Usually, my priority is to pay whoever is playing drums and then there is nothing left over for Brad and me. I don’t have too much of a problem with it as long as I feel like the musicians are being respected as people and not being treated like cheap commodities…
My new Hamichord, straight from my friends Space4Keys.com in Italy:
We were thrilled to be chosen to perform at the Carrboro Music Festival this year. We played at The Station, and the place was packed! People were hollering during the guitar solos!
I will be playing a solo organ gig at the Weathervane in Chapel Hill. It will be very quiet background music, but I will do what I can to make it interesting.
Also, we are playing at The Oasis in Carr Mill Mall. It’s a fantastic new cafe opened by long-time Chapel Hill stalwart Robert Roskind, who is doing everything possible to use the venue to promote love, forgiveness and unity – we will do our best to contribute to that vibe.
Speaking of Carrboro, we have two more shows on the patio at Milltown this month before the weather gets too cold.
We have two more shows at The Acorn Inn at Elon. The outdoor patio is awesome and there is wine, beer, and munchies. Each week, they give away several prizes including a weekend getaway at The Acorn Inn. Maybe I can get brad to wear a scary mask on our Halloween show.
Hobex will be playing a show at The Pourhouse in Raleigh, and we will be back at The Standard, barring any scheduling conflicts with popular TV shows that they like to screen. Also, can’t wait to play with Cyril Lance and friends at the Fishing Creek Reunion in Mebane!