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Article: Mr. P.C.'s Guide to Jazz Etiquette and Bandstand Decorum

Strange Guitarists, Entitled Musicians and Fictional Managers

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Strange GuitaristsDear Mr. P.C.: Is it possible to maintain inner peace while playing “Misty" or “Autumn Leaves"? Why are guitarists strange? --Jack Dear Jack: That's quite a puzzle you've created there! I think you're suggesting that guitarists are strange either because they can maintain inner peace ...

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Article: Mr. P.C.'s Guide to Jazz Etiquette and Bandstand Decorum

The Lick, The Uniform, and All That Jazz

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The LickDear Mr. P.C.: I'm afraid that someday as I'm getting ready to solo on a song, I may forget my lick. If that happens, what am I supposed to do? Out Of Lick Dear OOL: At that point it's a little late to try to come up ...

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Article: Mr. P.C.'s Guide to Jazz Etiquette and Bandstand Decorum

A Marvelous Night, Self-ish

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A Marvelous Night Dear Mr. P.C.: I went to a jazz club to hear a jazz band. When I shouted out a request between songs, the musicians just looked at one another, shook their heads, then ignored me. The song was “Moondance," which I happen to know is jazzy. I even asked the people ...

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Article: Mr. P.C.'s Guide to Jazz Etiquette and Bandstand Decorum

Food, Guts, Pop

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FoodDear Mr. P.C.: I just played a wedding gig where I briefly felt lucky to be given a place setting and served the same food the guests ate. My question is: If I'm not satisfied with the dish, is it inappropriate for me to send my plate back to the kitchen and ask for ...

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Article: Mr. P.C.'s Guide to Jazz Etiquette and Bandstand Decorum

Antisocial Media, The Lick, The Scuffle Shuffle

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Antisocial MediaDear Mr. P.C.: How much self-promotion is too much? There are people on my Facebook feed who invite me personally to all their gigs; even people I've never met! Then they post triumphant photos from the gigs, along with a barrage of videos and audio recordings. Would it be bad etiquette for me ...

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Article: Mr. P.C.'s Guide to Jazz Etiquette and Bandstand Decorum

Saxophone Solos, Trumpet Wars, Clichéd Endings

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Saxophone SolosDear Mr. P.C.: Why is it that saxophonists have to fill every beat of every measure when they're soloing? Couldn't they leave an eighth note unplayed here and there? —Rest in Piece? Dear RIP: I don't think you're being fair to saxophonists. Compare them to the pianist, ...

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Article: Mr. P.C.'s Guide to Jazz Etiquette and Bandstand Decorum

Accompanying 101, For Your Consideration, Bandstand Violence

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Accompanying 101Dear Mr. P.C.: I'm a pianist and have a question about reading charts. If I get a lead sheet that includes a measure with a very basic written rhythm in addition to the chord changes, how should I approach it? Should I: 1) Play the chords in the specified rhythm, and ...

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Article: Mr. P.C.'s Guide to Jazz Etiquette and Bandstand Decorum

Plight at the End of the Tunnel

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Dear Mr. P.C.: We musicians are getting pretty sick of our playing, having to hear ourselves practice day after day. Seems like we're being discriminated against--shouldn't everyone have to get sick of our playing? This is an important reason for the government to allow venues to reopen sooner. It's the only humanitarian ...

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Article: Mr. P.C.'s Guide to Jazz Etiquette and Bandstand Decorum

Going Viral

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Dear Mr. P.C.: I've read that vocalists are the greatest threat to spread Covid, since they're projecting their voice and all the germs in their throat around the stage and toward the audience. So I had what I think is a brilliant idea: To quarantine all vocalists and make them use their time in ...

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Article: Mr. P.C.'s Guide to Jazz Etiquette and Bandstand Decorum

The Four-Letter Word, Chatty Clubowner, Knobby Guitarist

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The Four-Letter WordDear Mr. P.C.: How did it happen not everybody wants to be a cat nowadays? Recently I hear a lot of musicians describing their music as “no particular style," coming from thousands and thousands of their acoustic experiences, absolutely unique, not fitting in any particular genre.... And—most importantly—NOT JAZZ, nothing to do ...


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