All About That Bass: The Essence of Leadership

All About That Bass: The Essence of Leadership

Unless you’re a serious jazz head, you probably haven’t heard of bassist Gary Peacock. But Peacock’s pedigree is impressive: he’s played with such jazz legends as Bill Evans, Miles Davis, Keith Jarrett, Jack DeJohnette, and a host of others. I recently came across an article on the NPR website titled “Bassist Gary Peacock Is At The Soloist’s […]

Want to drive creativity? Improvise!

Want to drive creativity? Improvise!

As a jazz musician, I’ve always believed that strengthening your ability to improvise can boost creativity whether or not you play an instrument. That’s why the workshops I do on creativity and innovation always include exercises in improvisation. No wonder a recent article titled “Jazz improvisers score high on creativity” caught my attention. Scientists at […]

How to turn a “fail” into a “win”

How to turn a “fail” into a “win”

I love talking about failure, or more specifically, how thinking differently about failure and mistakes often lead us down unexpectedly fruitful paths. Miles Davis once quipped: “Do not fear mistakes; there are none.” That’s mostly true when playing jazz, a type of music that celebrates spontaneous self-expression — warts and all — rather than perfection. […]

Better Teamwork Through Chemistry

Better Teamwork Through Chemistry

A friend and I were recently engaged in an online conversation about who would appear on our Mt. Rushmore of Rock in the following categories: guitar, front man, bass, keyboards, and drums. By “Mt. Rushmore of Rock,” we meant the 4 individuals in each category whose significance, influence, notoriety, and skill puts them on a […]

The Power of Brevity

The Power of Brevity

I’ll keep this short. I was listening to one of my musical heroes recently, the great Charlie “Bird” Parker, and his legendary solo on the classic “A Night in Tunisia” (recorded for Dial Records in 1946). This particular version contains one of the most famous solo “breaks” in all of jazz. You can hear it […]