You’re Live in Three, Two, (one) —>

It was a great weekend of music at Pete Miller’s in Evanston, IL.  The Northwestern University campus and Evanston are in some ways unchanged and some ways very different.  Ten years ago it seemed like I had hundreds of friends and colleagues in and around the area.  Walking along there nowadays seemed like the ground had swallowed up and digested that universe with new people and businesses playing their roles in the recognizable Evanston facade, only to perhaps find the same result in 2022. 2022 sounds so futuristic, doesn’t it?  In remarking about the ease of having a pet cat versus a dog, my friend mentioned that the task is even easier since the litter box is cleaned by a robotic ‘litter’ dispenser.  It seems …

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Selflessness

As we work on developing our voice, one of the processes that occurs is that we grow our vocabulary.  As a saxophonist, I am always working on new shapes to portray distinct sounds and colors on specific chords.  The practice room is just the practice room however, and when I’m playing live I can only focus on playing with forward motion.  Trying to “squeeze in” a lick or shape that I’ve been practicing never works – it usually sounds contrived and interrupts the natural flow of the solo.  I’ve learned this the hard way over time, that you must separate the practice room from the performance. Teacher extraordinaire Greg Fishman calls the attempt of forcing licks into a solo the “Lobster Theory.”  When you order …

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New Project

I’m very excited to announce that I’m just one month away from heading to the studio to record my first “solo” CD featuring a great band and original works of mine.  The band will be performing the tunes on Sunday May 8th as the next installment of the Nashville Jazz Workshop’s Contemporary Jazz Series.  Then the studio awaits the following days! If you’d like to find out more about the project, including how you can be involved, please check out my kickstarter page. Tunes from the Workshop – the Debut Album of Evan Cobb thanks! -evan

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Sexy Sax Man – Not What You Think

So by now, you’re likely to have seen the latest viral video craze – the “Sexy Sax Man. ” If you’re lucky enough to have spared yourself, allow me to explain: the video features Sergio Flores playing the memorable saxophone riff from George Michael’s first single and 1984 megahit “Careless Whisper.”  The video has gone viral because Flores delivers the song in the great tradition of Tom Green and Jackass: inappropriate and random settings, erotically dressed, complete with pelvic thrusts. When I first watched the video, I immediately recognized the saxophone riff, but couldn’t remember from where.  That got me thinking about composition – some of the most effective and long-lasting music features riffs or tunes that get stuck in our head, no matter the …

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Last NJW Jam of 2010

Cold rainy days and 5:00pm dark have shocked me into the realization that we are suddenly near the end of 2010 – thanks Mother Nature.  Besides overeating and and mittens, the end of the calendar year comes with another caveat, the last Nashville Jazz Workshop Jam Session of the year. “But it’s only November!”  True.  But the third Sunday of December is officially holiday season, so we’ll be taking that month off from the jam and coming back in January, just in time to take your Super Bowl bets. But do not despair, as the NJW Jam has been growing strong and will finish with a flourish!  This coming Sunday November 21st, we’ll be featuring the amazing pianist Bruce Dudley, fresh off his DMA Lecture/Recital …

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The Week That Is

For many years I’ve believed the adage “when it rains, it pours.”  This was of course ALL too true here in Nashville this past May.  On the lighter side of the adage, it is true for my schedule this upcoming week.  Allow me a moment to fill you in on the fun details. Tuesday night I’ll be playing with the Nashville Jazz Orchestra at its weekly spot in East Nashville at the French Quarter Cafe starting at 7pm. Wednesday night is jazz night at Sportman’s Grille in Hillsboro Village, and this week I’ll be leading a quartet of fine musicians through originals and standards. This coming Thursday, Friday, and Saturday marks my first service with the Nashville Symphony, and we’ll be playing a fun concert …

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Laugh laugh giggle giggle SPLAT!

While the weather and my mind tell me it’s still summertime, my teaching schedule is telling me that we are most definitely in September, as hard as it may be to believe.  I’ve got some fun gigs on the horizon, notably joining the amazing vocalist Dara Tucker for her set at the Franklin Jazz Festival.  I’ll also be traveling with Nashville’s finest funk band The Dynamites for shows in Brooklyn and near Boston. Since it is September, I also wanted to tell you about the next featured guest at the Nashville Jazz Workshop Jam Session. But first a joke. How do you make a euphonium player’s car more aerodynamic? Take off the Domino’s Pizza sign. Okay back to reality.  Our next featured guest is a …

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Heavy Brass

What’s heavier, a pound of brass instruments or a pound of woodwinds?  Okay okay, stupid question.  I was thinking about heavy brass though because I wanted to tell you about the next featured guest at the Nashville Jazz Workshop Jam Session.  This coming Sunday August 15th, we’ll be featuring trumpeter Matt White at the jam.  Matt holds a DMA in jazz from U Miami, teaches at Belmont University, and completely shreds changes.  I’ve gotten to hear a lot of him with the Nashville Jazz Orchestra (including tonight, if you feel like coming down to the French Quarter Cafe) and in Cobb’s Mob, and I’m sure you’re going to dig what he plays and what he shares this weekend.  So come on out! Sunday, August 15th …

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Next Jam July 18th 2010

Well after a month away from Nashville for some much needed R & R, Nashville Jazz Workshop Jam Session ready.  This month our featured guest will be the very talented vocalist Christina Watson.   She’s one of my favorite singers and also teaches classes at the Jazz Workshop, including one starting in August titled “Introduction to Vocal Literature.”  I’m looking forward to learning from her and playing with a hip rhythm section, I hope you are too! NJW Jam Session Sunday, July 18th from 4 to 6 pm. FREE! -evan

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Nashville Jazz Workshop May Jam Session

This coming Sunday, May 16th, is the 3rd installment of the reworked Nashville Jazz Workshop Jam Session.  We’ll be continuing with a constructive format, including speaking about learning tunes, using our ears, and jam sessions in general.  The featured guest for this month is none other than the director of the Nashville Jazz Orchestra, Jim Williamson.  Rounding out the ensemble will be Joe Davidian, Mike Rinne, and Ted Tretiak.  Hope you can make it down – it’s from 4 – 6 and it’s FREE.  Oh yeah, it’s BYOB too.

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