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Sound and time over everything

Having just finished the initial launch of the new book I’m back into practice mode in a big way. I was never too far away from it while I was writing and compiling the book, but now I really have a little more time in the schedule to work on some specifics. I’ve had tons …
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What do you practice?

The question “what do you practice?” and it’s cousin “what should you practice?” are probably what I get asked about the most when it comes to working on music and building structure in my development as a musician. Having avoided writing a music education book for so long (just because I really didn’t feel I …
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It’s the fundamentals, always the fundamentals

It’s amazing what hanging out with someone influential and infectiously passionate about music can do to the way you think about your process. I thought I was pretty well set when it came to my instrument and the way it is set up. Super low action, ramp in between pickups, and a very light touch …
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How do you practice standards?

One of the questions I get asked the most about my playing, and about jazz education in general, is the involvement of practicing, playing over, and performing of standards. Although it’s not a style of music I choose to play with my own group, there’s no denying that standard jazz vocabulary is something I’ve studied, …
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The New Project is finally live!

For the past year my good friend, musical colleague and now business partner Louie Palmer and I have been working hard on this #newproject, that I can finally write and tell you about today. The name of the project is Ultimate Play Alongs We’ve been assembling an incredible group of artists and have started re-recording …
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It’s 2014, not 1975

This movie got me asking some questions this morning: click here to see their fund raising campaign page Anyone who thinks the musician is suffering in this day and age of technological development is, in my opinion of course, out of there F*#&$^g mind! Do you honestly think that making everyone equal in terms of …
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