To a Young Jazz Musician: Letters from the Road

October 31, 2020
To a Young Jazz Musician: Letters from the Road

In To a Young Jazz Musician, the renowned jazz musicianand Pulitzer Prize—winning composer Wynton Marsalis gives us aninvaluable guide to making good music–and to leading a goodlife.Writing from the road "between the bus ride, the sound check, andthe gig,"Marsalis passes on wisdom gained from experience, addressed to ayoung musician coming up–and to any of us at any stage of life. Hewrites that having humility is a way to continue to grow, tolisten, and to learn; that patience is necessary for developingboth technical proficiency and your own art rather than animitation of someone else's; and that rules are indispensablebecause "freedom lives in structure."He offers lessons learned from his years as a performer and fromhis great forebears Duke Ellington, Charlie Parker, and others; heexplores the art of swing; he discusses why it is important to runtoward your issues, not away; and he talks about what to do whenyour integrity runs up against the lack thereof in others and inour culture. He poetically expresses our need for healers: "All ofit tracks back to how you heal your culture, one patient at a time,beginning with yourself."This is a unique book, in which a great artist offers hispersonal thoughts, both on jazz and on how to live a better, moreoriginal, productive, and meaningful life. To a Young Jazz Musicianis sure to be treasured by readers young and old, musicians, loversof music, and anyone interested in being mentored by one ofAmerica's most influential, generous, and talented artists.