“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.
“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.