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  • Leading Questions - Chuck Deardorf

    Someone once told me play every gig like it was the last one you'll ever do, and someday you'll be right.

    When I was 14 I played the trombone.

    The bass is my voice, better sounding and lower.

    Practice makes it possible to play what I hear without thinking.

    The piece of music that always resonates with me is 'Allegretto from Beethovan’s 7th; " "Third Stone from the Sun" by Jimi Hendrix, "A Remark You Made" by Wayne Shorter and "The Moon's a Harsh Mistress" by Jim Webb (sung by Kelly Harland). And about 2 dozen more.

    Some of my best ideas come to me when I'm walking or riding my bike.

    My parents were nurturing, loving and honest.

    As I get older, I’ve realized what does it matter what people say about you anyway?

    In the big scheme of things, what really matters is family. music. art. how you treat other people. being yourself.

    Music has taught me everything I know about life, love and death.

    I’m not interested in wasting time.

    I chose the bass because it totally controls where the music goes, and the best part is that no one knows but us bassists.

    Improvisation is composing in real time, with other like minds.

    Your audience is what allows us to keep doing what we do - some artists tend to forget that.

    The future of jazz is bright and murky at the same time. So many great musicians coming up, honoring the tradition but not afraid to dispense with it. When I came up, there were many venues and opportunities to play live music and make a living doing it - not always jazz, but playing 5 to 6 nights a week, getting my chops together and allowing time to shed and improve.  I'm unsure how the next generations will be able to do music full time, as the money for clubs and shows is the same as it was in the 1980s. Local and regional players and groups tend to be an afterthought as attention and funding are steered towards 'the next hip thing'.  But.... good music always prevails, and tends to thrive and grow in tough times.

    A sense of humor is important because, see previous answer.

    The history of jazz is still unfolding.