Take Five With David Gibson
The university environment is an imperfect place to become an artist. It can be a great place to learn how to think, but how does one grade that? So, it becomes a place to collect information...scales, chords, patterns, licks....but these are simply tools with which to communicate ideas. Unfortunately, many young musicians know little of ideas and lots of patterns and flash their patterns to audiences and one another in search of recognition. Few are risky enough to say what they really think. But, humans still hear ideas when they're present...they still feel music when there is sincerity. I don't know about the "state of jazz today," but there are embers of authenticity still burning.
What are some of the essential requirements to keep jazz alive and growing?
Study. Dissection. Honesty. Sincerity. Humility.
What is in the near future?
Writing for Roy Hargrove's Big Band, Orrin Evans' Captain Black Big Band and George Gee's Orchestra. Performing with my Organ 4tet and also doing some "jazz meets hip-hop" gigs with Nickel and Dime Ops. Working hard.
If I weren't a jazz musician, I would be a:
Courtesy of David Gibson