This coming Sunday is the deadline to apply for the Greater Madison Jazz Consortium’s new part-time position of “Program Coordinator for Venue Development.” This position will lead the Consortium’s efforts to create a wider array of local venues that present live jazz in settings that are good for listening and that pay better fees to the performers. This could include establishment of new venues as well as enhancements to venues that already present live jazz. In this role, he/she will work closely with another Consortium program coordinator, Nick Moran, who will be leading development of a broad array of initiatives to improve the economics of being a working jazz musician in our community.
The description for the venue development coordinator position and application instructions are in the 12/6/13 post on the Jazz Consortium’s website, at http://greatermadisonjazzconsortium.org/2013/12/06/the-jazz-consortium-is-hiring-again-application-deadline-is-december-23-2013/. The application deadline is day’s end this coming Sunday, December 29th.
To get into the applicant pool, you need only submit a resume and 1-2 page narrative that describes your skills and experiences in relation to the qualifications of the position.
Please help us spread the word to anyone you know who might be a good fit for this important position. Thanks!
I love this video. If you haven’t seen it you have to check it out. How many musicians can you identify? Is this lick in your bag of tricks? It wasn’t in mine, but just for fun I used it several times tonight and it sounded good.
Here’s a video on learning jazz licks that really resonates with me.
For a long time I collected music, loads of it, with the dream that some day I’d transcribe it and know tons of licks. I’d learn a cool lick but rapidly forget it because I was on to the next cool lick. I worried that life wasn’t long enough to learn all these licks, especially if I forgot them as fast as I learned them.
Lately, I’ve gone the other direction. I’m taking a few licks and going crazy learning them every which way, working through all keys, modifying for major and minor, starting at different points in the measure, finding new ways to get in and out of them, etc. This seems to be what Hal Garper is advising in the video, and what David Liebman meant when quoting William Blake, ”see the world in a grain of sand.” It’s definitely working for me.
Saxophonist and animator Allen Mezquida’s take on the jazz life….
At age 25 I began a college education. Determined to be a good student I sought out books on study techniques, applied the concepts and did well. Likewise, when I became serious about the saxophone I searched for the most efficient ways to practice. This information is not so easy to find. After years of trying different practice approaches I finally have a method that works for me. It is an approach based on bits and pieces gathered from books, teachers, and the internet.
If you are on this same search I found an internet discussion that can save you time and frustration. The discussion begins with a saxophone teacher bemoaning the lack of dedication of his students, and then evolves into a conversation of practice approaches that work. It’s a lengthy read (so read it on a break from practicing), that gathers together a lot of wisdom, experience, and resources in one place. Here it is: “Practicing towards perfection.“
Molly Gebrian is a violist pursuing a doctorate in music and cognitive neuroscience at Rice University. If you’ve ever been pressed for practice time, unable to practice because of injury or travel, or just interested in practicing as efficiently as possible, then you should read her article summarizing recent research in this area. I’ve incorporated these ideas into my practice regimen and it’s definitely made a difference.