In this, the second installment of this column, we learn the perspectives of these nine iconic lead players regarding their influences upon turning 30; a milestone which often represents professional accomplishment and mastery of skills and concepts. By that time 1 had assumed the lead alto chair in the Toshiko Akiyoshi Jazz Orchestra and began developing my own style of lead playing. 1 remember having a beer with someone who had come to listen to the band one night at Birdland and he said to me, "Don't you think that the style of this band requires less vibrato?" And my answer was "I'm the lead alto player in this band now and so however 1 interpret the parts IS the style." [To read more visit Anita's blog.] Mark Patterson Trombone; Anita Brown Jazz Orchestra, Dennis Mackrel Big Band: I don't know that my conception changed since age 30, but I do think it has become a lot more honed in the way I hear great lead players play time.
The Leading Edge BY ANITA BROWN I n this, the second installment of this column, we learn the perspectives
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