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Imitate? or Innovate?

Why not both? why not one and then the other? How do we learn the basic building blocks of language? we’re immersed in our native tongue from birth and imitate everyone around us until we can communicate and be understood. And then the real journey begins. The finding of one’s self, the forming of ideas …
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You can learn something from everyone

You can learn something from every single person you meet and already know. It doesn’t matter whether they’re your hero and someone you’ve studied for many years or if they’re someone you meet at a bus stop on your commute to work. Everyone has a story, everyone is unique and everyone has something to teach …
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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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