Entries for 3rd Sep 2011
The song is called a note of apology. Hope you like!
Composing and piano supremo Hawkins talks about travelling—the 50-80% portion of work in music.
Why 50-80%? Well, assuming each gig in jazz and improvised music is just under two hours; for the majority of gigs, each is an hour to get to [as a train user, I'm thinking more of people who drive—it takes me longer]. So I think a musician would travel two hours to play for just under two hours. It takes up a lot of time.
Nicholas Payton puts forward a clear and tidily-argued viewpoint... but then replaces it with another term. If only he'd just avoided using the word "blues" and gone straight to "music"... but still, a good, short read and a good catalyst for discussion.