A Brief History Of Jazz Education, Pt. 1

One year ago, when I began grad­u­ate study in eth­no­mu­si­col­ogy at UCLA, I found myself under­go­ing what has become a famil­iar rit­ual. As I played my trom­bone in a near-empty class­room accom­pa­nied by a play-a-long record­ing, it occurred to me that I was in the midst of my sixth col­lege big band audi­tion. A pro­fes­sor — in this spe­cial case, gui­tar leg­end Kenny Bur­rell — led the pro­ceed­ings. When he engulfed my hand in his mas­sive grip, I learned that I was in.”

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