Winterfest 2013

Winterfest 2013

So Bill Smith, a great jazz piano player was opening up with the Steve Watson Trio at the Hotel Indigo in Riverhead for the first weekend of Winterfest on Long Island’s East End. A terrible snowstorm hit and the gig was canceled. Bill happened to be at the hotel anyway so he sat down at the piano and played a few notes to see how the piano sounded. A few people in the lobby stopped to listen and smiled so Bill decided to finish the tune. One of the day managers of the hotel came over to Bill and said, “Excuse me, this piano is for professionals only. ” Bill said “excuse me”, stopped playing and left.



What is JAZZ?

What is Jazz?
i think i have the right to ask the question.
According to Wikipedia:
Jazz is a musical style that originated at the beginning of the 20th century in black communities in the Southern United States.
It uses blue notes, improvisation, polyrhythms, syncopation and the swung note.

Jazz is considered difficult to define…

In April of 1970, 42 years ago, Miles Davis released Bitches Brew.
On that album, Davis rejected traditional jazz rhythms in favor of a looser, rock-influenced improvisational style.
At that point was he no longer playing Jazz?
or had the definition of jazz changed?
According to Wikipedia:
In a 1988 interview, trombonist J. J. Johnson said, “Jazz is restless. It won’t stay put and it never will”.