Hey everyone, I was accompanying the Sacramento State Vocal Jazz group on piano this past weekend at the Next Generation Jazz Festival
in monterey. First off it was a blast. Monterey, CA, is absolutely beautiful. If you haven’t gone you definitely should. We saw tons of sea lions, otters, and dolphins all within 30 feet of us. Anyway, back to jazz, this is a great jazz festival for young upcoming school bands, and combos. A lot of the highschool’s and colleges in the area always enter this festival/competition. Eric Harland happened to be the guest artist here and did a masterclass which was pretty fun. I ended up recording it on my iphone and thought I’d share it with you. He doesn’t talk too much about piano stuff but he does have a lot of wisdom about jazz in general and time. Listen for the question I ask towards the end. I think he gives a very good response that would be helpful to anyone listening. Please leave a comment if you have questions about anything he says!
Eric Harland Talks About:
- How he plays fast with ease.
- His influences and how to incorporate your own influences into your playing.
- How to give support to other members of the band.
- Learning jazz when you’re young and first starting out.
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