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  • Jazz @ Noon

    Jazz At Noon History

    Inspired by Les Lieber’s fabled New York Jazz at Noon, Don Linke and Black Box Fund bring you Milwaukee’s version of free lunch time Jazz performances every Monday at noon. With an ever-changing line up of known and not-so-well known jazz artists, these casual and informative sessions are a welcome weekly treat. Normally, these live performances take place in Milwaukee’s Third Ward at the Skylight Music Theatre Bar and Bistro, but during the COVID-19 Safer At Home period, Black Box Fund will be posting podcasts, hosted by Don, with selections from the Jazz at Noon archive of recordings. So, kick back, fix yourself some lunch and tune in to a jazzy musical break!

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    Jazz soloing requires more than “RAW CHOPS”

    When improvising, focusing on linear technique alone yields what I like to describe as “ Notes in Succession”.

    Whereas, utilizing a solid understanding of musical content plus the aforementioned technical prowess, yields what I might describe as “Melody”. The latter is the result of a mind and body experience.( Read more)

    A would be improviser who prefers to merely practice scales and patterns, will certainly achieve the muscular memory of said exercises.

    But,. think about this, when called upon to create a solo they will most likely regurgitate that which they have incessantly practiced. thus yielding notes in succession.

    On the other hand; in order to embody the vocabulary of jazz more thoroughly it’s much better to know each and every note location without the aid of any pattern reference.

    Now we have a real potential to utilize specific pitches, to create specific melodies that relate to the specific chords of any tune.

    Andreas Segovia said, and I certainly agree, “Guitar is the easiest Instrument to play; but the hardest instrument to play well.”

    So strive to play music with heart, mind and body!