What they're playin today, in great measure, just aint jazz. Players are "schooled"...technically sound...but yuh cant teach :heart". Lessen the emphasis on who can play the most notes. Get back to playin THE SONG! Interpret? Yes...but dont stray too far. Scales and runs, all over the place, "til you get lost in technique! Dig Evans, Jarrett, Tardot Hammer, Peterson, Flannagan, Kelly, Tatum...and yeah, even that liattle guy who sat on a telephone book and hummed, as he played...from Pgh (just forgot his name...It'll come in a minute or two). Here, in Pgh??? Joe Dallas, Susoeff, DeFade, Humphries, Wilson Tomara, Sean Jones, Joe Negri, Damico, Dolphin and Walters and, there are a dozen more, but, not many places to gig. People dont take the time to LISTEN!! Im afraid OUR MUSIC, has seen its best day...hope I'm wrong...but I think not!
Donny C firstname.lastname@example.org