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

Elusive Spontaneity, Mooed Indigo

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Elusive SpontaneityDear Mr. P.C.: Everybody talks about playing spontaneously like it's the ultimate goal. I guess I'm good with that onstage, but how am I supposed to practice it? —Baffled in Buffalo Dear Baffled: First of all, don't set aside part of your day for practicing; that's the ...

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

Cursing, Gambling, Drinking and Smoking

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CursingDear Mr. P.C.: Sometimes when a jazz musician is soloing, I hear him groan or even curse when he hits a bad note. But I never hear any squeals of joy from musicians when they play something they like. Why all the negativity? --Pollyanna in Pittsburgh Dear Polly:

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

Best of 2020

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Dear Mr. P.C.: So with the ever-present question of “selling out," my question for you is this: Is it better to alienate your audience by playing complicated original music, or to lift their spirits playing standards you can't stand? --Dave the Dichotomist   Dear Dave: If ...

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

Inside Out

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Dear Mr. P.C.: I was playing bass on a trio gig along with a guitarist and drummer. I was comping during a drum solo and I suddenly heard “Quit playing!" from across the room. Now I don't always lay it down for drummers, but this guy did not know the form of any of ...

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

Talking While Playing, Sub Division, and Translating Scat

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Talking While PlayingDear Mr. P.C.: You are in the middle of an improvised solo, eyes closed, really in the flow, when someone walks up and starts talking to you. What do you do? Sure, I can have a conversation while strumming the chords to a pop song or some repetitive part, but while navigating ...

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

Bits and Bytes

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Dear Mr. P.C.: Do you really have to suffer to be a great artist, or is that just Hollywood BS? --Pete L., Chicago Dear Pete: It's absolutely true, and that's why you should always seek out and play with the worst musicians possible. Dear Mr. P.C.: ...

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

Do the Math

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Dear Mr. P.C.: Here's what I don't get. Say you're the leader on a $400 quartet gig, and the club owner offers you a 50% raise, but “changes his mind" a week later and cuts your pay by 50%. You wind up with less than you started with--$300! ($600 -$300) But then look at ...

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

Count-Off, Off of My Cloud, Going Off

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Count-offDear Mr. P.C.: I have a question. What's the difference between “counting it off" and “counting it IN" ??? I know it's “counting off the beat" and “counting IN the band," but it's still weird to me. —K.M., Seattle   Dear K.M.: Actually, the opposite of counting a ...


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