Take Five With Craig Akin
What are some of the essential requirements to keep jazz alive and growing?
Connecting with average listeners, non-musicians. Jazz musicians need to consider the average person does not know anything about music, therefore they have to feel it, which can be difficult when the music is complex, dense, introspective. Plus as musicians, we are entertainers. We need to engage the audience, become one with them, not ignore. And be professional and confident so they feel we at least believe in ourselves.
What is in the near future?
Recording with various bands, songwriters. Trip to Korea and Taiwan for some jazz gigs with my friend Shawn Pickler. Recording solo bass video of my arrangement on the theme to Sanford and Son.
Learning music for bands I'm in. Networking and scheduling take a lot of time. Tweaking my website, increasing my internet presence.
If I weren't a jazz musician, I would be a:
ski bum in Colorado.
DeAnna Bublitz, Courtesy of Craig Akin