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What is your favorite song to whistle or sing in the shower? Changes according to mood and what's in my head. Sometimes just a bass groove or some earworm picked up from the morning news on the radio. Some of those earworms are deadly! God help me.
By Day: Public policy researcher at a nonpartisan/independent think tank.
If I weren't a jazz musician, I would be a: Zombie. I am a jazz musician. Whether I am making a living at it or not, whether I am doing it frequently or not.
My college major was Philosophy of Science, so perhaps I would be a philosopher, but that sounds so arrogant. We're all philosophers of a sort, in our own ways.
My goal is to be as authentically human as possible. So if I weren't a jazz musician I'd be simply a human being.
I love jazz because it mixes intellect and emotion in a very spontaneous way.
I was first exposed to jazz by liberating a Coltrane and a Pharoah Sanders record from a friend in NYC and listening to them over and over until I got it.
My advice to new listeners is you have to take the time to listen to some jazz tunes a number of times until it starts to make sense.