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Take Five with Ted Sirota

By Published: April 17, 2013
The first Jazz album I bought was: Wow. After thinking long and hard, I think it was First Time! The Count Meets The Duke on Columbia Records.

What do you think is the most important thing you are contributing musically? I think the most important thing I'm contributing musically are my original compositions, and incorporating my different musical influences into my music but still making the concept sound like one entity and not scattered all over the place. Also, trying to relate my music to the struggle against oppression and not just making "art for art's sake."

Did you know... I'm kind of a geek when it comes to technology. I can fix your computer, but please don't ask me to do it. Next thing I know I'm fixing everybody's in your family.

CDs you are listening to now: The Scientist—Scientist Wins the World Cup (Greensleeves)
The Scientist—Scientist Rids The World Of The Evil Curse Of The Vampires (Greensleeves)
The Scientist—Scientist Meets the Space Invaders (Greensleeves)
The Scientist—Heavyweight Dub Champion (Dub Music Productions)
The Scientist—The Scientist Meets Roots Radics

Desert Island picks: Ornette Coleman Quartet—This Is Our Music (Atlantic)
Fela Kuti—Sorrow Tears and Blood (Knitting Factory Records)
Bob Marley—Talking Blues (Island)
Steve Lacy—The Straight Horn of Steve Lacy (Candid)
Charles Mingus—Mingus Presents (Candid)

How would you describe the state of jazz today? Pathetic.

What are some of the essential requirements to keep jazz alive and growing? Relate the art to the masses of people as well as advancing concepts and ideas. Jazz has no connection to the lives of everyday people any more and therefore is too influenced by academia and musical acrobats. Some of the greatest musicians and composers in Jazz history wouldn't get recognized today because the emphasis is too much on "technique" and blowing people away with your chops, than on making great art.

What is in the near future? Recording my new band—Ted Sirota's Heavyweight Dub with The Scientist in July—pending a successful Kickstarter campaign! Shows and touring to follow...

What's your greatest fear when you perform? That I'll die while playing the drums on stage I guess. That would be awkward.

What song would you like played at your funeral? "Just For You" by Ornette Coleman.

What is your favorite song to whistle or sing in the shower? 1-877-KARS FOR KIDS. Man, I hate that commercial but its always on the radio and I listen to sports radio in the shower.

By Day: I teach drum lessons in my home studio.

If I weren't a jazz musician, I would be a: A more financially sound person.

Photo Credit
Michael Jackson

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