New Orleans Traditional Jazz Camp Part 2
The place was full of happy and not so happy amateur jazz musicians. There were 26 performing groups at the big finale making a joyous noise. I loved it. Everyone knocked on themselves and apologized for the tiny imperfections in their performances. Too bad, 90%+ was the average when it came to playing the right notes, staying in place and blowing a solo. Just being there and participating is a triumph too.
If I have been asked to give feedback to the group, this is what I would have said.
"Master the basics of your instrument"
Given that most of them are wealthy retirees, they have time. The basics include the following.
Love you all, it was a real honor to play with you all.
revised August 2022
You've got to learn your instrument. Then, you practice, practice, practice. And then, when you finally get up there on the bandstand, forget all that and just wail.
I'm a professional pianist and music educator in West Toronto Ontario. I'm also a devoted percussionist and drum teacher.