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Bits and PCs, The Cosmic Loop, Fake Gigs

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Dear Mr. P.C.:

Is it ever ok for a horn player to scat? If so, what are the proper syllables for upbeats?

--Zee-bop

Dear Zee-bop:

The correct syllable for an upbeat is “and." Besides alerting the band to where you might be rhythmically, it lets the listeners know ...

Booze in the Night, CD or Not CD?, and Malodorous Microphone

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Dear Mr. P.C.:

What are you supposed to do with loud drunks? The kind that love to scream at each other when you're in the middle of a tender ballad.

--Songus Interruptus

Dear Songus:

Here's my question for you: Which is a more authentic expression of human emotions ...

Solving the Audience Equation, The Fix is On, and It's a Setup!

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Dear Mr. P.C.:

This whole “jazz musicians play thousands of chords to three people" vs. “rock musicians play three chords for thousands" thing: What is the correct chord/audience ratio?

Perhaps zero chords for an infinite audience is the ideal; or all chords for no audience. I certainly have landed closer to the ...

Best of Mr. P.C. 2016

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Dear Mr. P.C.:

I'm just an audience member, but I have a question on behalf of a lot of us listeners:

If I make a request and the band plays it, do I have to listen to the whole thing? After they play the melody and then go into all the other ...

Easy Swing, Fours and More, Medicinal Jazz

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Dear Mr. P.C.:

I just played a gig, and one of the charts said the feel should be “Easy Swing." What does that mean? The bassist thinks he was supposed to play in two, but I think it would have said “In Two" if that was the case. I think he was supposed to ...

Death By Banjo, Playing With Emotion, and Musical Divorce

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Dear Mr. P.C.:

I just played a gig with a bad banjo player. I spent a lot of time learning the music, and the gig went fine. My problem is that now I can't get that music out of my head. It's killing me! What am I supposed to do?

--Troubled in ...

Background Gigs, Small Fonts, and Incestuous Quotes

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Dear Mr. P.C.:

When we're playing a “background music" gig and the crowd is so loud there's no way they can hear us, and we can't even hear ourselves, does it matter what we play?

--Invisible Dan

Dear Dan:

Jazz is all about responding, in the moment, to ...

Texting on the Bandstand, Practicing, and Playing Each Note as if it's Your Last

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Dear Mr. P.C.:

I took my son to see his teacher play sax at a local club. In the middle of a song, on stage, his teacher pulled out a cell phone and started texting someone. What kind of message does that send? --Can't Explain Lackluster Lesson

Dear CELL:

Probably ...

Audience Requests, Invisible Soloists and Rhythm Changes

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Dear Mr. P.C.:

I'm just an audience member, but I have a question on behalf of a lot of us listeners:

If I make a request and the band plays it, do I have to listen to the whole thing? After they play the melody and then go into all the other ...

Best of Mr. P.C. 2015

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Dear Mr. P.C.:

I was driving on a highway yesterday, and the person in front of me was going way too slow. But I couldn't pass her because there were double lines on the road and lots of curves. So instead I drove right up to her bumper and tailgated her until she drove ...


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