Monthly Archives: November 2015

Remembering Our Mentors

Written by user on November 23, 2015

As we get ready to celebrate Thanksgiving, we can also take a moment to remember and thank the musical mentors who have shaped us and helped us grow to love this music so much.

In this Jazz Academy session, drummer Sammy Miller sits with master percussionist Jeff Hamilton to talk about the mentors who inspired Hamilton and helped him along his way.

Music Business Lessons

Written by user on November 17, 2015

Erica von Kleist (Photo by Kevin Porto)

Saxophonist, flautist, and educator Erica von Kleist reflected on business advice she wished she had known earlier in her career. She assembled all the thoughts into a wonderful blog post, which you can check out here.

In it, she lays out advice for building products, finding sustainable gigs, keeping work and relationships, and continuing to develop as an artist. It’s a fantastic set of insights, and well worth checking out.

She’s also an amazing educator! Check …

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Learning from Barry Harris

Written by user on November 5, 2015

Barry Harris (photo: Mirko Caserta)

Pianist, composer, music theorist, and educator Barry Harris is one of our last links to the extraordinary and rich BeBop tradition pioneered by Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, Bud Powell, and more.

What’s lucky for us, however, is that Barry Harris (sometimes nicknamed “Coach”), has worked tirelessly to impart his knowledge to other musicians for decades, holding court in a weekly lesson series. For those in the NYC area, this is an essential event to check out. recently …

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The 26 Rudiments of Drumming

Written by user on November 2, 2015

Michael Carvin (Photo courtesy of the artist)

Master drummer Michael Carvin teaches the rudiments, and he’s got 26 of them. These rudiments, he notes, are as essential to the modern drummer as the 26 letters of the alphabet are to a journalist.

You may have heard of many (or even of all) of these rudiments, but in case you aren’t familiar (or need to brush up), check out the full playlist covering all rudiments.




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