Jazz

Jazz 100: Advice from Legends

March 29, 2017

“God gave everybody a little bit of talent. What are you going to do with that little talent that God gave you?” – Arturo Sandoval

In 2001, the National Museum of American History dedicated the month of April to jazz. Since then, organizations like Jazz at Lincoln Center (JALC) and Jazz Education Network (JEN) have led the way in celebrating the contributions jazz has made to American culture, culminating with International Jazz Day on April 30. This year is especially significant, as it is the 100th anniversary of the first published jazz recording.

“Learn how to serve what a particular gig demands.” – Christian McBride

Pepper is pleased to celebrate alongside them and the many who love this quintessentially American art form. We’ve conducted interviews with some of the top names in modern jazz. So far, we’ve interviewed such heavy hitters as David Liebman, Pat Martino, Roger Ingram, and Paquito D’Rivera. You can see all these interviews and more on the Cued In Jazz page.

“There are no shortcuts for practicing.” – Paquito D’Rivera

There are more interviews to come. Next up is Eddie Palmieri, followed by Arturo Sandoval and Christian McBride. For now, we’ve collected some of the best advice these jazz greats have for younger musicians. Please enjoy this video and share with your fellow jazz lovers!

“Preparation. You have to study and you have to study and you have to study.” – Eddie Palmieri

Looking for a way to celebrate Jazz Appreciation Month with your own ensemble? Pepper has a variety of jazz sheet music, books, and DVDs you’ll love.

 

Music Advocacy

It’s Time to Celebrate Music in Our Schools!

February 22, 2017

What started as a single day of music advocacy by the New York State School Music Association (NYSSMA) back in March of 1973 has grown into a month of celebration and advocacy for music in our schools. Our tireless efforts to promote the importance of music education has been joined by the other arts, and March is now recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as “Arts in Our Schools Month.”

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Jazz

Jazz 100: Centennial Birthdays

February 15, 2017

The year 1917 was monumental in jazz history, but not just because it was the year of the first official jazz recording. Some of the most famous names in jazz were born that same year. These musicians would stand on the shoulders of their predecessors, helping to make jazz the most significant American cultural movement of the century. To celebrate their centennials, Pepper is featuring a few of the most iconic songs from these jazz legends.

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Directors' Toolbox

Mark Cabaniss’ Top 10 Reasons for Performing a Musical

December 28, 2016

Night of Miracles… Joy Comes in the Morning… Friends… It’s Cool in the Furnace… Celebrate Life… and the list could go on. Hopefully, you’re acquainted with or have experienced first-hand some or all of these now-classic musicals written by giants of church music. In my personal experience, the musical, or cantata, played a major role in my development as a church musician, writer, and then publisher.

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