The Sandner Blog

Producing My First Jazz Recording

In June, 1989 I had the opportunity to produce my first recording session. I already had some experience as a hired session musician on commercial jingles, yoga chants, and songwriters’ demos. I had the idea of producing my own session singing and playing with jazz musicians performing blues standards.

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Caribe Lounge

I was geeky and very naïve, but slowly learning. I played all the jazz and pop tunes from memory, so I was easily able to watch the dancers. Boston’s puritanical laws allowed only limited nudity, no bare nipples. But when the dancers turned their back to the audience to make costume adjustments, we could see...

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With Max Gail Sr., In Michigan

I met musical agent and businessman Max Gail, Sr., in November 1971, after driving through a snowstorm to get to his Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, home for an 8am appointment. He was looking for a piano player who could sing.

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With Judy Roberts In Chicago and Arizona

I first saw Judy Roberts perform at the Back Room on Rush Street, Chicago, in 1975. In those days, Rush Street was crackling with entertainment, and Judy had one of the premiere Chicago bands. She sang and played an electronic keyboard, and her quintet had a hip jazz fusion style. I remember the musicians in...

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With Michael Brecker At Berklee

In the summer of 1967 Michael Brecker and I played together in a student combo.

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12-Bar Blues

The 12-bar blues is the most popular and the most-used blues form
Here is the basic 12-bar form with Roman numerals representing the scale degree of the (major) chord.

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How To Listen To Jazz

In general, for beginners or advanced listeners, the best way to take in jazz, or any kind of music, is to listen in an open way, without much judgment or analysis, and experience the expression the performers are conveying.

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The Difference Between Jazz and Blues

“Jazz” and “blues” are words that define styles of music. What’s the difference in these styles?

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Getting Into the Swing of Things

This quality of “Swing” found in jazz music is hard to describe in words. It can inspire and enhance dancing.

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The Singer Pianist

I think simultaneously singing, and playing is, in a sense, a different instrument, a different mode of performance, and it needs to be approached and judged differently.

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