One crazy thing about this quarantine life is that we’re all feeling it. We might be tempted to feel sorry for ourselves, but no-one is immune from the effects. News today about another dear friend passing breaks the spell of this isolated world. Spending my days playing music with my wife and children is a dream come true, but it is spoiled by the horrific nightmare that rages on around us.
Here are several recent videos family videos from the last month of quarantine. From my family to yours.
In light of our current state of isolation due to Covid-19. A lot of us are having more time to practice. Here is my recent YouTube post about 5 elements around which you can organize your daily practice. This is directed primarily towards improvising saxophonists, but will hopefully be useful for all musicians. Take a listen!
Peter Lin is an exceptional trombonist and budding entrepreneur. Since he came on the scene over a decade ago as a student at William Paterson he has distinguished himself as a forward thinking contributor to the jazz community. I was so honored that he asked to interview me as part of his jazz business series produced by his company, Yardbird Suite Entertainment.
This was done on March 10th, just a few days before we all went into isolation because of Covid -19. The last segment about “Mike’s perfect day” is a little too prophetic. I didn’t mean like this! This interview was a long one. We’ve known each other for so long, there was so much to talk about and Peter let me talk! I was surprised with what came out of my own mouth. The interview is indexed so you can bounce around to topics that interest you (See below the video). Enjoy.
Jazz Biz 101 welcomes jazz saxophonist Mike Lee for a deep conversation about the life of a working jazz musician, educator, jam session host, and most importantly, a parent. Lots of takeaways here including moving, parenting, changing your teaching attitude, giving vs. taking, finding and giving value, jam session vibes, and tips on creating newsletters. Be sure to check the index below to jump to sections that apply to you! Be sure to check out Mike Lee’s Official Website to see his extensive bio: https://mikeleejazz.com
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Index: 00:00:39 – Mike Lee’s Bio & Current Projects 00:02:28 – Cleveland, Ohio to New York City to New Jersey 00:05:36 – How To Prepare For New York 00:06:50 – Memories of Jams At Star Cafe 00:08:28 – What To Expect In New York 00:09:30 – How Mike Lee Became A Jazz Parent 00:10:42 – Julian Lee’s Story 00:12:57 – Matthew Lee’s Story 00:15:00 – Jacquie Lee’s Story 00:17:20 – On Jazz Parenting 00:20:31 – Giving vs. Taking 00:21:25 – Roy Hargrove, John Lee, & Networking 00:23:58 – Ego, Empowerment Through Taking Action, Blaming External Factors 00:27:19 – How To Get Ahead In Business (Taking Responsibility From Feedback) 00:29:13 – Serving & Providing Value For Audience, Music, & History 00:31:37 – Performances Motivates Education 00:33:35 – Cultivating Next Generation For Jazz 00:34:47 – Changing Your Teaching Attitude 00:38:50 – Teaching Is Contributing 00:45:45 – First Time Experience As An Adjunct Professor 00:48:37 – Mike’s History On Jam Sessions 00:50:45 – Reversing Negative Thoughts on Jam Sessions 00:59:26 – Challenging Yourself At Jam Sessions 01:01:15 – Put Yourself In The Leader’s Shoes 01:06:10 – Tips On Newsletters (MailPoet through WordPress) 01:09:13 – Creating Value For Your Audience 01:11:32 – Mike Lee’s Definition Of Success 01:15:44 – Mike Lee’s Perfect Day