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Posted by greg on July 10, 2000 at 08:52:44:

O.k., here is a new one on me. I am playing in a trio (bass, keys, and drumz),
where the keyboard is actually quite good, has pro playing and touring experience
but knows next to nothing about harmony, chord progressions (other than the blues)
and can't read music. This wouldnt be a problem if it was just rock, but they
want to play jazz, and what they are currently doing is some real cheesy light
"smooth jazz" for a dinner crowd, and than for stuff that swings, they put on
say a coltrane cd and start playing to that and than fade it out, so we all
just end up jamming in one key, ignoring the melody and chord progressions.

This is the first time I have seen a keyboard player who can actually play
fairly well but is musically illiterate, and unfortunatley isn't really
interested in playing cool jazz standards from a chart. Does anyone have any
suggestions on how I can get this guy to some real jazz stuff? It is a fun gig
and pays well, but is not very challenging musically to me. I am trying my
hardest, but not having any luck, any help would be appreciated.

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