Most musicians starting out in jazz will find their first audience in their peers. There’s a certain comfort in sharing one’s ideas and struggles (in performance) with musicians, as they more than often share similarities in their growth and general evolution.
History has shown that musicians have always been an audience to great artists and composers who inspire and move them. From Stravinsky to Duke Ellington and from Led Zepllin to Nirvana etc. Musicians are audiences whether they listen to albums, check out scores or go out and watch a live performance. A problem arises when musicians becomes one’s primary/target audiences.
The idea of having musicians as a primary audience has raised a few questions/thoughts about the purpose of the music that I play, personally. I found that my audiences has consisted of musicians for a long time and I’m questioning this much lately.
As soon as a…
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