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just remember, I work at UMKC as the IMPACT Studio Manager. I can reserve PAC 521 for blocks for rehearsals. we also have a projector up there already to work with video. I'm not sure how long each rehearsal can run, but since there are so many UMKC students/Alumni in the group, using the space shouldn't be an issue at all.
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I think it's mighty dismissive to say that a great deal of young artists are taking into account music before 1990. Most of my jazz listening and training (once i started getting into jazz) really started with groups in the 50s and 60s. I cut my teeth transcribing solos by Miles and JJ, learned head charts aurally by Mingus, and generally loved a lot of the music. I never personally liked listening to a great deal of swing from the 20s and 30s, and never got into the ragtime improvs from the early 20th century. but to say that young musicians don't know them and respect them is, well...i think incorrect. a great deal of us know it. But, as Russell brought up, we didn't grow up listening to it. My CD player was Metallica, Ozzy Osbourn, and, well, lots of other stuff. There was no jazz until HS, and then the jazz band wasn't so stellar. We didn't play many standards, except the "easy" arrangements. It wasn't till college, especially that first semester in big band, when Brent Wallarab had us learn Haitian Fight Song from the recording as a head chart, that i really got into jazz. It's kinda odd to think us "JNA" (I am definitely JNA in my jazz writing, since it's as far out there as my 'classical' writing...which is pretty out there...) don't know the past, don't respect it, and don't use it. I bet if Jason Marsalis walked up to any of us and asked us to play, i dunno, Mood Indigo, we could probably do it, and nail a nice solo in whatever style he wants. Just because we don't like to do it doesn't mean we can't and don't respect it. Then again, i've actually viewed Wynton and Jason Marsalis as setting jazz back quite a bit, especially Wynton. He plays in a mall man...Branford, however, is pretty freaking slick. but that's just my opinion.
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Jun 27, 2010