New song: “The Rhythm of Jazz”

Just completed a new song, “The Rhythm of Jazz”, which you can hear here:

This is dedicated to the brilliant jazz musician Nahum Perferkovich (link points to a site in Hebrew), who I had the privilege of studying with briefly many years ago when I lived in Israel. In one of our first lessons, he told me that I had a natural advantage as a jazz player because the rhythm of jazz comes from my native language, American English (it certainly doesn’t come from the Russian language!). That comment has stayed with me ever since; I think it’s an essential truth about the music.

His other great comment was that “jazz is night music,” which may yet find its way into a song…

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