A Brief History Of Jazz Education, Pt. 1

β€œOne 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 β€” in this special case, guitar legend Kenny Burrell β€” led the proceedings. When he engulfed my hand in his massive grip, I learned that I was in.”

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