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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: 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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The Inside Voice: An Interview with Mary Lynn Lightfoot

November 22, 2016

Mary Lynn Lightfoot’s musical life started in the town of Canton, Missouri, where she began taking piano lessons at the age of four. As she grew up, she often played the piano for her church when the organist was away over the summer. Music helped to shape her life through high school, where she continued learning in both the band and choir. By the time she graduated, she had become so proficient that she received an instrumental scholarship to Truman State University (formerly Northeast Missouri State) for French horn.

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The Inside Voice: An Interview with Brian Balmages

August 26, 2016

Composer Brian Balmages’ sheet music can be found in music rooms across the nation. He has written music for every skill level from very easy to advanced. This, coupled with his ability to write music for both band and orchestra, is a big part of his success over the years, but there is something in his compositions that delves far deeper into the emotions of musicians and listeners alike.His ability to touch on raw emotion with his music is akin to many of the most notable composers throughout history.

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