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

Old Folks

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Dear Mr. P.C.: I'm part of the older generation, players in our seventies and eighties. We're hoping to stay involved, but then there's the elephant in the room: The meds we take. In real life they make us feel better and in some cases ward off diseases. But in our musical life some make ...

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Last Notes, List Notes, Lost Dollars

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Last Notes Dear Mr. P.C.: I've heard people say “Play every note as if it's your last." But wouldn't your last note sound pretty weak, since you'd be dying? --Trembling Timmy Dear TT: The problem isn't that you're going to die, much as you might want to. Your ...

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Fluid Start Times, Desert Island Recordings, and Personal Growth

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Fluid Start TimesDear Mr. P.C.: When a member of the band you lead has a history of showing up late for your gigs, is it morally wrong to give them a “start time" an hour early to be safe? --Jeff Dear Jeff: That will work exactly once, after ...

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

French Scat, Nothing Personal, Casual Claustrophobia

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French ScatDear Mr. P.C.: I'm a jazz vocalist about to sing abroad for the first time. When we play in France, do I have to scat in French? --Perplexed About Rendering International Scat Dear PARIS: How could they possibly understand you if you scat in English? Find recordings ...

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Hitting Things

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Dear Mr. P.C.: A percussionist came to one of my gigs. Without asking the leader for permission, he handed out shakers and other percussion instruments to many of the people in the “audience." “Audience" in quotes because it was actually a fancy hotel where we were just supposed to provide ambiance while rich old ...

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

The Sound of a Puckered Butt, Nice Guys Finish Last, and The Masked Pianist

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The Sound of a Puckered ButtDear Mr. P.C.: We closed our set last night with “Upper Manhattan Medical Group."  As I was packing up, the guy at the front table said he was in fact a doc in an Upper Manhattan Medical Group and that my sax playing “resounded like a forceful Valsalva maneuver." ...

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

It's About Time

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Dear Mr. P.C.: When a member of your band has a history of showing up late for your gigs, is it morally wrong to give them a “start time" an hour early to be safe? FWIW, this is a bassist with a tendency to drag, so if I alienate him it's not the end ...

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Vote P.C.!

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Dear Mr. P.C.: Will being in a swing state improve my swing playing? --J.P., Atlanta Dear J.P.: On the surface, at least, this is pretty obvious. Right now I'm in a writing state, so I'm writing. Tonight I'll be in a reading state, so I'll read. If I ...

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CD Phobia, Italian Sunrise and The Dating Game

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CD PhobiaDear Mr. P.C.: Whenever I listen to an old recording of myself and I sound good, it depresses me. Because in all the years I've spent practicing since I recorded it, have I even gotten better? As for my last few CDs, I haven't even listened, because I'd probably be devastated. ...

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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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