Jazz Etiquette in the 21st Century

(from the March/April issue of Chicago Jazz Magazine) One of my first lessons in socialization as a young jazz musician came when I was around fifteen years old….

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Jazz Is a Spirit

(from the January issue of Chicago Jazz Magazine) Jazz is a spirit that lives within the minds, will and feelings of its musicians and listeners. It is something…

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Chicago: America’s Second City of Jazz?

(from the December issue of Chicago Jazz Magazine) When I moved to Chi-town from the New York over twenty years ago and began to get acquainted with the…

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Finding Your “Voice” in Jazz

(this article appears in the September issue of Chicago Jazz Magazine) In his book, Letters to a Young Jazz Musician, Wynton Marsalis reasons that among the greatest successes…

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iJazz – The Removal of Liner Notes From Digital Music Media

Remember when part of experiencing a recording for the first time meant reading the credits and liner notes? That was fun reading and so meaningful to me when…

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Those That Can, Teach – Honoring the Practice of Mentoring and Apprenticeship in Jazz

As a youngster trying to learn to play jazz music, some things about the journey were clear to me even then: 1) I pursued music from a place…

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Jazz History

Mo’ Better Jazz History The link, above and to the left, is to a music video in which Gangstarr drops jazz history knowledge. I always loved this song…

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Who Took The Soul Out Of Jazz?

By Bobby Broom for Chicago Jazz Magazine Soul—that feeling in music that needs no words to understand. It is the best of musicians who can access and transmit…

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Chicago Jazz Magazine Feature Interview

2005 Broom interview

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