[Dixielandjazz] A bit of praise

Jack Mitchell fjmitch at westnet.com.au
Thu May 3 18:16:26 PDT 2012

The days are long gone (I hope) when jazz musicians were regarded as less skilled than others, but I think this little snippet is worth relating.

Classical pianist Murray Perahia was interviewed in his London home by Margaret Throsby of Sydney. It was published as an article in LIMELIGHT magazine for April, 2012. Mr. Perahia lamented the fact that music students today don't necessarily learn the fundamentals of music. He went on to say "I think we're shamed as classical musicians by jazz musicians, because they know it much better than we do. They know their harmony in a way that classical musicians don't have any idea about. Some violinists don't even know what key they're playin in!"

Best wishes
Jack Mitchell

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