“Shut up and Listen”

Before you pay your fee at the Green Mill–the famous jazz club in Chicago (and the birthplace of slam poetry) where gangster Al Capone hung out sometimes–a beefy guy with an impressive mustache, leather vest and bear claw necklace from Alaska will tell you that when the music starts there is to be NO talking. He means business and if you don’t believe him, try talking during a set. Not a good idea. Listening is what it’s all about at the Green Mill.

Listening is the best thing you can do for your own music, too. Preferably live, as I’ve said before, but also as many recordings as you can get your ears on. Check out one of the most comprehensive, organized and fantastic collections of jazz you’ll probably ever find. Best of all, you can listen for free. I love the Internets! Check it:

If you’re new to jazz, I’d recommend the Cool Jazz channel, the Latin Jazz, the Groove Jazz. I’d better stop now, because I’d probably list them all. You’re bound to find something you like. Enjoy! (click the pic-address is below the pic)

Want to learn more about the best ways to practice? Get an e-mail with a discount code when The Practice of Practice is published (June, 2014). To learn more about the book, check out a sample from The Practice of Practice.


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