Category Archives: Jazz

Getting things done

Getting things done (GTD) is a productivity system that is been around for 10 years or so. It’s a book by David Allen, and it’s a time management methodology often referred to as GTD. I’ve had bad experiences reading self-help … Continue reading

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Michael Brecker – Developing Your Own Sound

Michael Brecker – Developing Your Own Sound (from an interview before his death) I’ve always said go back and listen to the amazing, listen to the great players. Go back and listen to the great masters. Again, Coltrane, Sonny Rollins, … Continue reading

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Group Leaders and Followers

Here are some pointers about looking and listening all the way up the ladder. 1. Keep your feedback loop large. Leaders and followers co-create each other. There is constant input and output. If you get input only from your closest … Continue reading

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the lament

The lament of all men is that they haven’t done all the things they were meant to do.

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The Creation Myth

A piece of mine was highlighted in the Hillviews magazine publication. A reprint is here: Far from waiting for a muse, artists pursue inspiration through research.   The creative process is different for every artist, scientist, academic and entrepreneur. Each … Continue reading

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The Best You Can Create in Life

Achievement, success, a legacy. Everyone is finding a way to arrive at these three things. Achievement means attaining a goal that means something to you personally. Success means finding fulfillment in your goal. A legacy means leaving behind something that … Continue reading

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A Conversation with Chick

In 2011 I had the opportunity to sit down and talk with Chick Corea, who I have followed since he first emerged in the 60’s. I can’t describe how much I have learned from listening to him, studying him, transcribing … Continue reading

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Sitting In on a Downbeat Magazine Competition

A student of mine, Iram Reyes, wrote a jazz composition during our grad comp lessons. And submitted it to Downbeat for the student Jazz Composition contest. I enjoyed playing the electric piano solo on it. Here it is: On The … Continue reading

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