Month: January 2015

Jazz And Sports: Man vs Zone Defense

By Sam Griffith

In many sports, the coach has to make a decision as to whether play zone of man defense. Each of these type of defenses have specific goals and uses in a variety of sports. When improvising, the performer can absolutely utilize similar principles to adjust to different situations.

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Last Week’s Jazz – 1/26/15

By Sam Griffith

Some interesting posts this week in jazz news. Danilo Perez is doing amazing work in his native country of Panama, a summary/review on the death of the Great American Songbook, the Nina Simone biopic premiered and robots are now playing jazz (and not just talking about it!).

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Jazz And Sports: The First Ten Plays

By Sam Griffith

Jazz and sports share a lot of common ground. Both require the performer to be instinctive and responsive to the moment. Other art forms, with perhaps the exception of acting, don’t have as many potentially destructive forces acting against the performer. ¬†With jazz improvisation, you must concerned about the piece you’re performing, your instrumental skill level, your jazz theory level, the ability of the musicians around you and the impact of other environmental factors.
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Last Week’s Jazz – 1/19/15

By Sam Griffith

Several interesting links to last week’s jazz news. Charlie Haden’s musical spirit is still being celebrated and honored in New York. His playing is absolutely timeless; always fresh and exciting. I was fortunate to see him live several times, including one frustrating time in which one his solos was washed out by a lowing flying airplane. Cheers to Charlie Haden.

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Last Week’s Jazz – 1/5/2015

By Sam Griffith

This post is probably better titled “Last Month’s Jazz”. We have a lot to catch up here at Dizzyland and we’ll probably be spending a few days discussing everything that we’ve missed in the last month. A lot of great stuff here. Jazz musicians getting older, discussions of the year 2014 in jazz, a great Cannonball Adderley video and a heart-warming story about Mike LeDonne.

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