Greg Osby: Saxophone “Griot”

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AAJ: Sounds like you're telling them to keep their feet on the ground, but be imaginative, creative and resourceful. It's tough making a living for a musician today. You really have to plan your career and have clear goals. By the way, just so they know, are you currently taking students?

GO: I don't have a current affiliation with any university, conservatory or music school. But I always entertain a steady stream of private students, mostly international, as it allows me much more scheduling flexibility and I'm not expected to adhere to a dated or pointless curriculum. I prefer to focus on specific problems that each student is facing, as opposed to reviewing material that they can already execute well or have no interest in. My idea is to get to the root of the issues and address them constructively so that they can focus and excel as quickly as possible.
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