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How does the venue and the audience affect the music you play?

Kitty BrazeltonComposer/Vocalist“…I may start with the same message but I don’t say it the same – to different people or in different environments…” Nick DidkovskyComposer/Guitarist“…It’s best when the audience is working as hard as we are to make the event happen…” Oliver LakeComposer/Saxophonist“…The main thing is that I play honestly and from my heart, and […]

America’s Most Fascinating Jazz Clubs

Lara PellegrinelliPhoto by Melissa Richard One minute, you’re just sitting around in some dark, dank, tiny, crowded, smoke-filled basement room with a drink in your hand; the next, you’re intently focused, completely absorbed, magically transported into the light of improvisation. That, in a nutshell, is the power of jazz, a power which moves listeners and […]

Education and New American Music

Frank J. OteriPhoto by Melissa Richard Ten years ago I was a high school teacher in the New York City Public School System and since then, I have often described that experience as “my version of time in the peace corps.” It was simultaneously life affirming and extraordinarily frustrating. It was life affirming, because like […]

How did your education shape your attitudes about music? Jonathan Sheffer, Composer; Founder, Conductor and Artistic Director of the Eos Orchestra

Jonathan ShefferPhoto by Stephanie Berger My musical education began at the Westport School of Music, where as a preschooler I was taught the basics of major and minor scales, and began piano lessons. I recall we were rewarded often with candy. The next most important influence in my musical education was the Bernstein Young People’s […]

How did your education shape your attitudes about music? Amy Rhodes, Director of Artist Management, Fine Arts Management

Amy RhodesPhoto courtesy Fine Arts Management My traditional education did not really affect the way I think about music. In fact, I went to college and majored in Asian Studies and International Relations because I think I unconsciously needed to get away from music for a while. I learned about classical music completely at home. […]