Music lessons learned #4 – The wisdom of Steve Gadd Prelude One of the most important things as a music practitioner is getting the experience of playing with one’s elders. They contain deep knowledge about music-making in its totality. Having being putting music into use on countless occasions throughout their lifetime and having digested the […]

It is all about generosity Excuse me, Mr. Purdie, can I ask you a question? I was approaching the world-famous drummer Bernard Purdie in the narrow corridor at the jazz department at New School, New York. It was difficult for me to jump in on a living legend on a first name basis. Maybe that’s a […]

Class, remember, whatever you play, be real! The words sounded into the room and hit me like a truck. Tuba player Bob Stewart was the making the statement. We were in my ensemble class at the Jazz Program at the New School, New York, which I attended for a Master of Fine Arts back in […]

To trust in others and the music Back in 1990, almost 30 years ago, I was about to do my first record called What I Miss. It was a big deal in those days since no home studios or audio recording on laptops existed. You had to go into a ‘real’ studio, record to tape […]