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Mr. P.C.'s Guide to Jazz Etiquette...

October 2009

By Published: October 27, 2009
"He's a motherfucker!" "He's BAD!" "He's an asshole!" Thanks, Eat! I love the way derogatory adjectives are used backwards in jazz as the highest form of praise. "Asshole" is new to me, but maybe the derivation comes from "playing my ass off" so many times that my "asshole" is all that remains? I'm not a doctor, but it seems to work anatomically. Where did you hear me, I wonder. If it was at Tula's last week I should mention that on that tune in the third set where it sounded like I got lost, it was really the bassist. I'm sure you couldn't even tell anything was wrong, probably. You couldn't, could you?

As for where I "get off": I see a need in the jazz community, and I step in to help. It's my contribution to the betterment of the field. I guess my goal is to someday be as much of an asshole in the real world as on the bandstand.



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