Today was the first day of the Aebersold Summer Jazz Camp in Louisville, KY. Technically, it’s day 2 of my grant journey, and although day 1 was interesting and exciting, I’ll save it for another night. (The 3 hour time different from Phoenix has really messed with my schedule.) Right now, I’ll talk about the Anyone Can Improvise seminar by Jamey Aebersold.
Now unless you’re a jazz musician who’s been living under a bridge for the last 50 years, you’ve heard of Jamey Aebersold. I certain had. I own a decent number of his play-a-longs and quite a few of the jazz books that he publishes. Many of my teachers know him and so I had heard some stories. I still wasn’t entirely sure what to expect but I was very excited to meet him and hear what he had to say.
The seminar was in lecture format – but I found Jamey’s insight, humor, and story-telling to be engaging and thought-provoking. The energy in the room was one of nervous curiosity, as students of jazz from all ages sat in college desks looking through hand-outs and getting ready to take notes. I had my iPad out (which had PDF’s of Jamey’s Red Handbook and some staff paper.) and my Zoom H4 which recorded probably 80% of the day (until my batteries died – poor planning on my part). I will have to go thru it at a later date and post some of the gems. A lot of what Jamey talked about resonated with me… especially his opening where he said “today is about liberating yourself from those things that hold you back.”
Sitting in the room with a bunch of strangers, I suddenly felt like this was one of those special moment in life, one of those life changing moments where you know that the decision you made to be there is the beginning of a huge change – and that it I was exactly where I needed to be. I have had a few of those moments in my life – when I dropped out of college and moved cities, when I decided to become a flute major at ASU, when I decided to take Mike Crotty’s arranging class in college, when I started teaching at ASA, and now today…
At lunch, I recorded this in my car. It doesn’t really say anything new that I didn’t mention above – and I’m just talking to myself while driving, but you can get the emotion and the understanding from my words. At the very least, you can hear my voice. 🙂 Enjoy