St. Louis has had a unique and at times underappreciated effect on jazz music. Not many know that before the migration of jazz musicians from New Orleans to Chicago, many stopped in St. Louis for quite some time, developing a sound individual to the city before continuing north. There are many factors that contributed to [...]
Recently, in one of my classes, we were asked to take an empathy quotient survey online. A lot of the questions pertained to social situations and how you react to them, the ability to put yourself in someone else’s shoes, and many other human nature type questions. I found this survey to be pretty interesting, [...]
I must admit that the music business has never been something I have taken much interest in. I have a lot of friends in the music business major, and when they talk about what they are learning in their classes, I really don’t find any of it compelling or exciting. Truthfully, I find it completely [...]
I am a research person. When I get interested in something, I like to know as much about it as I can, and this especially goes for jazz.
As a high school student, I was always curious about composing and arranging for jazz ensembles. The process seemed very mysterious and I always figured it was above my head. When I began studying arranging and composition, I learned that it was really much simpler than I had imagined, but nobody had ever demystified it [...]
If you happen to be attending — or think of attending — a music camp this summer, here are some tips to maximize your success and fun! Don’t bring drugs/alcohol. Just don’t do it guys. I have seen so many excellent players get kicked out of camps for doing this, and it is just so [...]
As someone who was a high school student only a few short years ago, I can completely empathize with the way some of you may be feeling right now. You know, that “why am I spending 8 hours a day learning how protons work and what x equals when I could be PLAYING” feeling. It [...]
At this year’s High School Jazz Festival, pianist, musicologist, educator and author Rebeca Mauleón and saxophonist, educator and ensemble director Paul Contos, featuring members of the SFJAZZ High School All-Stars, explored some of the many styles associated with Latin music.