Saxophonist Matt Marantz on the SJW

The workshop here at Stanford is a great experience for young people who are interested in learning more about jazz music. I’ve had a great time so far getting to meet all the people that an event like this brings together. One thing I love about playing music is the “hang”, the time when you get to know the people you’re working with on a personal level. Often times when I get a chance to talk with some of the great musicians that serve on faculty at the SJW, I wind up learning things I’d never known about before. Hopefully the same is true for the students at the camp – I know that when I was a youngster attending various music camps, I’d routinely find myself in awe of the great musicians that were on faculty and I’d try to learn as much as possible from them when an opportunity came up to hear them play or teach. Now, being on the other end of the court in the teaching realm, I’ve found a completely new challenge in trying to find the right words and musical examples to convey meaningful information to the students about this great music. Hopefully, after the week is over, the students at the camp will come away with a greater understanding of how this music works, some new ideas to work out on their instruments, and new techniques to apply to their improvisations.

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