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Article: Bill Anschell's Notes from the Lobby

The Weakened Worriers

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Inspired by actual events. John awoke feeling unsettled. He'd had a troubled sleep, which usually meant he'd gone to bed upset. So he turned his thoughts to last night's gig--one of the musicians must have said something to him afterward. No, wait! None of them said anything to him, that was it! Nobody said, ...

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Jazz Jam Sessions: A First-Timer's Guide

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Ready to check out your first jam session? There's much more to jazz music--and to the “session" in particular--than meets the eye. This primer will help you better appreciate the intense psychodrama being played out on stage. Special “Insider's Hints" ("IH“) highlighted throughout the text will help you make the most of your maiden voyage.

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Careers in Jazz

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Every year, university programs spit out thousands of highly trained jazz musicians sporting hard-earned diplomas and high hopes. But when these graduates hit the first formal rite of jazz passage--a desperate trip to the local pawn shop--they learn that the diploma is literally not worth the paper it's printed on. Entering school, their dream was simple: ...

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Notes from the Lobby

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The light is unsettling; too bright, by far, for the dark business at hand. My fingers work tirelessly. Visible beneath them, a workspace painful to the glance; brilliant, aching white. Should I look away, bury my gaze instead in the teeming masses before me? They transact ceaselessly, without apology. Harshly lit, the greedy faces are easily ...

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Jazz Math

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If x is the number of chord changes in a tune, and y is the tempo at which it is played, then xy = factor by which a guitarist will turn down his amp. # (notes/measure played by a saxophonist on a ballad) is proportional to # (drinks he has consumed). 4 ...


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