This is a really funny clip of Bill Cosby on the Dick Cavitt show in 1973. In it, he describes his drumming career and an attempt to sit in with Sonny Stitt playing Cherokee. I think anyone who has tried unsuccessfully to play a very fast jazz chart can relate to Bill’s experience! (The conversation starts about 1 minute in).
Anyone out there with similar experiences? My own personal one was in high school trying to play “Wind Machine” by Sammy Nestico… I’m sure I looked just like Bill!
Tommy Igoe has a great instructional session on his Groove Essentials 2.0 DVD where he explains how to stay relaxed when playing very fast jazz charts. Let’s hear your suggestions on playing really fast jazz!