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Sacrificing freedom for security

As a jazz musician, an improvisor and as a solo artist I am constantly wrestling with the anxiety of change and innovation. Trying to figure out how I can leave security behind and breakout out of what I’m doing right now into total creativity and the freedom that comes with that. We shouldn’t sacrifice freedom …
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How to get better with only 10 mins a day

It doesn’t matter what you do, what you’re passionate about or what your dreams or aspirations are. To reach any level of fluidity and effortless subconsciousness at something, the chances are you’re going to have to put in some hard work along the way. One of the things I’ve noticed about the process of improving …
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Where is home?

Is home somewhere you live? is it something you feel? can it exist as a feeling no matter where you are? With the amount I travel these days I’m always looking to see if I can figure out a sense of “home” wherever I am in the world. Sometimes it’s a favorite song, a text …
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Doing things in moderation

I have to admit that I’m terrible at this. And it’s a steep learning curve, especially when it involves other people around you. But, like everything else in life, it’s a work in progress and something I’m currently getting better at managing. If, like me, you’re highly motivated to work, practice or pursue something you’re …
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Always get the best out of others

Our job, not just as musicians, writers, teachers, producers or entrepreneurs, but as human beings is to get the best out of others in everything we do. If the first thought you have when you communicate with someone has nothing to do with you but rather how you might be of service to them then …
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There are no pointless moments

No matter how many times I might think that a moment in my life or my career was a waste of time or perhaps a mistake to be involved with a certain project, I can always stop myself and find a positive element of being in that situation that taught me something I didn’t know …
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Jazz. It’s not dead

In a recent interview with Seth Godin on the podcast I asked him if he had a new word for jazz. I thought that perhaps jazz was something that hadn’t existed in 60 years or so and have often wished there was a better way to describe what it is I do as a musician. …
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Quoting

As a musician I quote and reference other artists, soloists, composers, improvisors and innovators almost every time I pick up my instrument. It’s unavoidable. Just the same way it’s unavoidable to use the word “and” or “to” or “from” when you speak english. It’s a language with pretty defined perimeters and rules. It’s only in …
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How you do anything is how you do everything

“How you do anything is how you everything”. I’ve heard this from so many people. So many different sources. Some very close to me and some way off in the distance of the internet. And I haven’t always been ready to understand or act upon what this phrase actually conveys until recently. And no matter …
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Collaborating is where it’s at

And in this day and age that can be quite a simple process, and a really fun one too. I’m going into high gear with my business partner Louie Palmer working on the Ultimate Play Alongs project¬†that we announced last fall. We’re ferociously recording tracks, bouncing new ideas off each other, working with developers for …
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