We have an abundance of ways to stay connected with one another these days. We have social media sites like Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, etc. We have online music stores and music players. We should be even more connected then generations past, yet I believe we are one of the most isolated generations to date. We can “connect” online, but we lose the face-to-face interaction. I mentioned this in some past posts regarding Independence in Improvisation (we need to play with others and not just play-alongs) and The Jam (interacting with new musicians at a jam session).
In this week’s post I want to talk about the importance of supporting live music. The kind where you do not take your instrument. You are there to support fellow musicians and support your local music scene. It is important because it gets you out of your house, connects you with fellow musicians (hang afterwards and tell the musicians they sounded good) and gives you an opportunity to open your ears to how others approach the music. I would even encourage you to go to concerts that might not be jazz for a different perspective on melody, harmony, rhythm, syncopation, etc.
A local music scene is only as good as its supporters. Be a part of the scene not just as a performer, but as a supporter. Try to get out at least once a week, if not more. Grab your friends, spouse, kids, etc and find a concert to attend. Put it on your calendar so you do not forget-this will help you stick to your commitment.
So, what do you say? Who are you going to check out this week? There are some musicians I am going to check out here in Denver this week. Leave a comment and let us know your music community and who you are going to see!
Maybe you are not sure who to go check out in your area. That is why starting next week I am going to start a new series called Discovery. I want to highlight some different artists (known and unknown) across the planet so you can check them out. This way if you are ever in their area you can go and check them out!
Jason Klobnak is a versatile trumpet player that has been performing as an active musician, author, clinician, composer and educator. His band, J's Ruckus, is Denver's blend of Post-Bop, Soul, Gospel, and Hip-Hop. They perform infectious and up-lifting originals for audiences hungry for a memorable live experience. J's Ruckus released their latest album, Suck Less, in March of 2020 and their first EP, Sermons, in July of 2019. Both were recorded live in front of an audience. Suck Less was recorded to a packed auditorium at Arapahoe Community College's Waring Theater in Littleton, CO. Sermons was recorded in front of a sold out crowd at the Soiled Dove Underground. The JKQ (the Jason Klobnak Quintet/Quartet) is Mr. Klobnak's Hammond B-3 centered groups. The JKQ released their third full-length album in March of 2018 called Friends & Family. It has been very well reviewed, on numerous Top 10 lists for Jazz radio stations across the country (including Denver's KUVO 89.3FM which named it May 2018's CD of the month), and in Jazzweek's Top 100. Each composition was written for specific family and close friends (that might as well be family). Their second album, New Chapter, was recorded in part thanks to the Pathways to Jazz Grant from the Boulder County Arts Alliance. In 2015 and 2016, New Chapter was in the Top 75 on the Jazzweek charts and on the Top 10 playlists for over a dozen radio stations worldwide. Their first album, Mountain, Move made the Best Recordings of 2013 list from AllAboutJazz.com by C. Michael Bailey. His very well reviewed Christmas single, Hark the Herald, in 2016 as part of a creative project with musicians James Roberson and Nathaniel Kearney Jr. Besides the JKQ, Mr. Klobnak is a B.A.C. (Best American Craftsman-custom trumpet), Denis Wick (mouthpiece and mutes) and Westone Audio endorsed artist (ES20 and Tru Customs). Mr. Klobnak has played and recorded for numerous groups ranging from jazz, soul/R&B, indie-rock/pop and gospel. In addition to performing, he has also written two improvisation-based books called Targeting: Improvisation With Purpose and Breaking the Monotony and is currently an adjunct professor and brass instructor at Arapahoe Community College. Mr. Klobnak holds a bachelor degree from Drake University (Des Moines, IA) and a Master’s degree from the University of Denver, Lamont School of Music (Denver, CO).
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