Jazz saxophonist Sonny Rollins talking with Tavis Smiley about practice and striving for betterment. This attitude is why the man’s still a genius and still one of the most highly regarded jazz musicians of all time. Beautiful words of wisdom on practice, music, life, and getting right with yourself despite what anyone else says. Talks about Ornette Coleman, Clifford Brown, Miles Davis, Duke Ellington, Monk, Dizzy Gillespie, Lester Young and more in the short space of 24 minutes. If you do nothing else for your practice this week, watch and listen to Sonny Rollins.
Some of the best musicians in the world spoke with me long and deeply about music practice, including guitarist Bobby Broom, a longtime collaborator with Sonny Rollins. That information and much more are in my next book, The Practice of Practice. A Kickstarter campaign is LIVE for The Practice of Practice until April 11, 2014. Learn more about the book, and how it’s different from any other practice book, get the best deal, and help bring the book into the world. It’ll be fun. I promise. Watch the short video.
- Sonny Rollins, born 81 years ago today (barryraphael.wordpress.com)
- Sonny Rollins: St Thomas (davidjmarkowitzmusic.wordpress.com)