Reign of the Soloists

This blog post explores three swing-era musicians who were known for their brilliant soloing styles: Coleman Hawkins, Roy Eldridge, and Ella Fitzgerald.

Swing, Bands, and Leaders

This post explores the swing style of jazz. It summarizes swing's defining characteristics, and it covers two influential swing musicians: Fletcher Henderson and Duke Ellington.

Illiterate by Choice

In this blog post Jump explores the hostility many musicians feel towards reading music. He describes how music students shirk the responsibility of reading, and he dispels the myth that learning how to read is antithetical to the spirit of music. Jump’s main point here is that becoming a literate musician is wise.

The Eight Commandments of Performance Ethics

In this blog post, Brian Jump explores the common failures of audience/performer interactions. He covers courtesies musicians owe audiences and ones that audiences owe musicians. To assuage this occasionally dysfunctional relationship, Jump offers a list of eight commandments to be observed while giving, watching, or paying for musical performances.

Revising the Audible

This blog post covers the art and craft of audio editing. It explains how author, Brian Jump, came to be an adept editor, and it describes the basic editing capabilities of Studio One.

The Future of Music

In this post, Brian Jump speculates about the direction and future of music. He explores the impact that artificial intelligence might have on composition and consumption, and he considers the possibility that the music of the future might be fundamentally different from the music of the present.

The Bebop Destruction

This blog post is about bebop, which is a form of jazz that evolved during the 1940s and 1950s. It covers how bebop changed the jazz genre, and it examines how Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, and Bud Powell contributed to this change.

The Listening Ear

This blog post discusses the anatomy of the ear, the perils of hearing loss, and the methods of active listening. Also covered are strategies for hearing protection and details about the art and craft of music production.

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