Antithesis of Diva

At our last JBM rehearsal, I had a conversation with Fred about vocalists. The conversation caused me to realize yet again the role of a vocalist in a jazz group.

Jazz, in its essence, is communal. Most everyone’s instrument is featured at some point in a song. It’s a musical conversation where everyone gets a chance to speak. In a spoken conversation, it’s always uncomfortable when someone dominates and overtakes it. You’ve been there…someone pontificates about their knowledge or beliefs, and it’s hard to get a word in edgewise. In jazz, it’s just as uncomfortable.

I think it’s important for jazz vocalists to realize that playing well with others is an essential skill in jazz. It’s not a situation where the rest of the instruments are back-up for the vocalist. In other words, there is no room for diva-ness. Ever.

One Response to Antithesis of Diva

  1. Cool!

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