When doing workshops for young jazz students, I will often tell them there only three things required in order to be thought of as a jazz musician. One: walk like you have no clue where you are going. Two: talk with sentences that include the word "man" a lot and fade out after a series of non-intelligent phrases ("Oh yeah, man, I doing good as I cud bcuz frrmmm duderrr...."). Three: don't get up before noon. Most young people find they already qualify on all three. Often, people will say "Break a leg" to me as I am preparing to perform. DON'T DO THAT! Jazz musicians are simple people. We will do as we are directed. We WILL break a leg!!! Better to tell us "Don't forget to get paid."
Barney McClure has six feature CDs on the market and one book on improvisational theory entitled There Is No Such Thing As A Mistake. Check them out.
Barney's book, There Is No Such Thing As A Mistake, is a "how-to" in improvisational jazz and is a popular hit with teachers who use it as a curriculum guide, and with instrumentalists and vocalists at any level who can use it as a self-help guide.
August 11, 2013- Jazz Walk in Seattle with Dan Sales - details to follow.
October, 2013 - dates still being determined. Singin' In the Rain Cabaret workshop, Juneau, Alaska.
November, 2013 - dates still being determined. Recording session with Central Washington University Jazz Ensemble. See the "Productions" column for more info.
My BIG project: A CD that features me on the Hammond B-3 with the CWU Jazz band!
My project has taken a new twist, one that has me quite excited. Chris Bruya, director of the Central Washington University Jazz Band and I will be putting together a recording/performance option that will feature the CWU Jazz Band backing me on arrangements by the incredible Phil Kelly. Phill has written for a who's who of performers over the years and I am blessed with his friendship, support, and arrangements. Many are of original compositions of my own. Others are my own versions of some of my favorite compositions - but arranged for big band and Hammond B-3. I am very excited about this project which will be called "Think Again" after one of the compositions. I have performed with the CWU bands in the past and they are top notch. I am really excited about this opportunity!
Please email me at: email@example.com for more info on how to participate