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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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So inspired I can’t sleep

Today might have been one of the most inspiring days of my life. Just to be in the presence of someone as musical, as giving, and as kind as John Patitucci is one thing. To actually sit, work together, discuss, and learn from him is something on a level I have seldom come across in …
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The importance of being you

I’m sure this is true, not just in the rather small demographic of improvised music, but in the big picture of what it is to be a happy human being. It’s hugely important to your health and happiness in life to be you. Let me explain where I’m coming from and what prompted this blog …
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Japan, you’re about to get lucky!

So after a redeye to NYC from LA, a 12hr day in the studio, and a rather loud NYC hotel night’s “sleep” I found myself in rehearsal for a small tour of Japan with someone who is becoming one of my favorite musicians. I say “becoming” because this person is someone I thought I really …
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The friend that makes you want to be better

And not only is this the friend that makes you want to be better, but he’s the friend that inspires you to be happier. Have you met someone like that before? Is there someone in your life that makes you feel like everything will be okay no matter what? someone you’re not married to or …
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There’s nothing more important than support

This blog post is dedicated to my mother, Tom Clamp, Peter Woodings, Laurence Cottle, my sisters and my wife: I truly believe that there’s nothing more important than support and guidance in life. When I think back to all the people that have helped me in my life, there isn’t a blog post long enough …
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The first five minutes of the day

The first five minutes of the day have become the most important for me lately. The moment the alarm goes of, somewhere around 6:30 through 8:30am depending on what time I went to sleep the night before, I have the option to increase productivity for the day as soon as my eyes are open. It’s …
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