Take Five With Jaiman Crunk
There are so many gifted jazz artists who are giving and have given (RIP) so much of their lives to this world-those who have left this world are probably giving even more in another world. Most of these great artists express themselves very differently. Learning to accept and appreciate those differences in artistic expression and "who each individual is / was" as a person is important. Jaiman hopes that he's never put on a desert island-he couldn't make those tough choices on what music to exclude-or it would have to be a real big island.
How would you describe the state of jazz today?
Jazz today has, obviously, more history and it ever has had. While history provides lessons, understanding and should be respected, it would be unfortunate (and impossible) to ever try and copy or repeat that history. Jaiman thinks that every jazz artist has the obligation to keep the music fresh and new-and, particularly, to take risks.
What's your greatest fear when you perform?
Jaiman has no real fears, from a musical standpoint, when he performs. However, there is and has often been a genuine concern about actually getting paid, particularly for small club performances.
What song would you like played at your funeral?
J.S Bach's St. John'sSt. Matthew's Passion.
If I weren't a jazz musician, I would be a:
If Jaiman were no longer able to physically play, he'd probably spend his time composing. If he stopped hearing music ... well, he hopes that day never comes.