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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.

 

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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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Jazz 100: The Influence of Jazz

December 21, 2016

Stylistically and culturally, jazz music has had an enormous impact on American music, influencing many of the most beloved musical minds of our time. In preparation for the 100th anniversary of the first jazz recording, Pepper has taken the time to ask many of the musicians we’ve interviewed about how jazz has influenced their lives. No matter what their preferred style, they all had something to say about the importance of jazz.

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Jazz 100: A Century of Recorded Jazz

December 7, 2016

Jazz is widely considered the first purely American musical art form, and with good reason. Nothing epitomizes the nature of our nation quite as well. Jazz is a mixture of the many cultures that resided in the United States at the turn of the 20th century.

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Bringing Jazz to the Next Generation

July 28, 2016

Jazz has long been known as the first all-American art form. It is, in many ways, both a metaphor for and an example of the blending of culture and knowledge that has taken place in the United States over the course of its history.

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Jazz With Pepper Hosts David Liebman

April 11, 2016

On September 10, 2015, Pepper welcomed world-renowned saxophonist David Liebman, the latest music legend to take part in our Jazz with Pepper master class series. Ever dedicated to the cause of music education, Liebman shared with those in attendance many insights into his playing style and musical philosophy.

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Music in the Air: Outside Jazz

July 30, 2015

Our celebration of summer music festivals continues with a genre many don’t associate with beautiful scenery and fresh air: jazz music. Although a dark and intimate club setting is a wonderful place to listen to jazz, it’s also a blast to experience this quintessentially American art form in the great outdoors.

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Pat Martino: Here and Now

April 27, 2015

When hearing about the prospect of meeting and interviewing Pat Martino, all we could think about here at Pepper was how much we love his music and what musical knowledge we would learn from him. To our surprise and delight, music was not the driving force for many of the life-changing experiences in Pat Martino’s life.

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