Jazz means “I dare you”

by elizabeth | April 23rd, 2013

Wayne Shorter recently said

To me, the word jazz means ‘I dare you’

and that says volumes to me. Dare to try something new. Dare to be in the moment. Dare to be you without qualifications. Dare to play drums without your left hand.

Wayne Shorter

To listen to more of his thoughts on playing – including great anecdotes about Miles Davis’s leadership style, check out the NPR interview from February 2013.

I found out about this from Dave Douglas’s review of Wayne on the new site Talkhouse, which allows musicians to write about other musicians.

And if you need a refresher on Wayne’s music, visit his website. He’s doing some shows celebrating his 80th birthday coming up soon.

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elizabeth! is a vocalist, trombonist, and songwriter working in NYC and Los Angeles. Originally from Vermont, she studied neuroscience at Harvard before moving to NYC to play, tour, and record with jazz musicians, indie rockers, pop stars and more. Her new album of original jazzy pop tunes was just released on Canopy Jazz!

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