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Take Five With Randy Napoleon

By Published: February 7, 2007
There are a lot of venues I've played with other people's bands that were exciting in one way or another. Royal Albert Hall, Sydney Opera House, Radio City, the Hollywood Bowl, Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center etc.

How would you describe the state of jazz today? There are new exciting musicians popping up every day. Jazz is diverse and vibrant.

Sometimes I'm not excited about all the musical trends that are happening, but the beautiful thing is that there's a place for everyone to find a musical home. My fear for the future isn't with the music, but with the audience and recording industry. The business side is a little harder than it was in the '90s.

What are some of the essential requirements to keep jazz alive and growing? As jazz musicians, we need to take care of the business ourselves. We need to knock on doors, and keep on knocking on them until they open. A lot of the traditional avenues for starting a career aren't as available as they were in the past. We need to recognize that, stop bitching, and find new ways to get our music to people.

This music is alive, it is exciting, people need it. They just might not all know it.


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