Category Archives: MJJO

10 Essential Qualities of Great Band Leadership

As the founder of a number of music ensembles I have always meant to write an article like this. Christiana does it better. Pictures from my collection by various photographers, some of which I know. 10 Essential Qualities of Great … Continue reading

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MJJO: First Gig of the New Year

Music is a gut thing. You’re working in a medium which is more in touch withthe primal than the modern. A gig is a ritual. There’s a congregation. ~ Siobhan Fahey Ah yes, the first gig after a long break. … Continue reading

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Big Band Book System ~ Take 4.5

Good management is the art of making problems so interesting and their solutions so constructive that everyone wants to get to work and deal with them. ~ Paul Hawken Today I was spending another two hours putting the solo tenor … Continue reading

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My first New Year Gig

“Cheers to a new year and another chance for us to get it right.” ~ Oprah Winfrey I am so jazzed about tonight’s gig with my wife Suzy on alto and me on bari sax. So many of my friends … Continue reading

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Happy Holidays 2015

Your greatest gift to others is to be happy and to radiate your happiness to the entire world. ~ Jonathan Lockwood Huie What an interesting year it has been. Musically, I have been very busy and happy for that. There … Continue reading

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Guide to Late Bloomers ~ Returning to Music Performance

“If I were to begin life again, I would devote it to music. It is the only cheap and unpunished rapture upon earth.” ~ Sydney Smith Baby boomers are retiring in very large numbers. They are selecting hobbies that are … Continue reading

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Retirement Tales ~ Year One

“You know Jim, I’ve discovered that the more time one has, the more time one wastes.” ~ Byron Roberts (Suzy’s Dad) after hearing me talk about only having one job after retiring from the Army Reserves. Last year at this … Continue reading

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