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Moving to Higher Ground: How Jazz Can Change Your Life In This Book I Hope To Reach A New Audience With The Positive Message Of America S Greatest Music, To Show How Great Musicians Demonstrate On The Bandstand A Mutual Respect And Trust That Can Alter Your Outlook On The World And Enrich Every Aspect Of Your Life From Individual Creativity And Personal Relationships To Conducting Business And Understanding What It Means To Be American In The Most Modern Sense Wynton MarsalisIn This Beautiful Book, The Pulitzer Prize Winning Musician And Composer Wynton Marsalis Explores Jazz And How An Understanding Of It Can Lead To Deeper, Original Ways Of Being, Living, And Relating For Individuals, Communities, And Nations Marsalis Shows Us How To Listen To Jazz, And Through Stories About His Life And The Lessons He Has Learned From Other Music Greats, He Reveals How The Central Ideas In Jazz Can Influence The Way People Think And Even How They Behave With Others, Changing Self, Family, And Community For The Better At The Heart Of Jazz Is The Expression Of Personality And Individuality, Coupled With An Ability To Listen To And Improvise With Others Jazz As An Art And As A Way To Move People And Nations To Higher Ground Is At The Core Of This Unique, Illuminating, And Inspiring Book, A Master Class On Jazz And Life By A Brilliant American Artist Advance Praise For Moving To Higher Ground An Absolute Joy To Read Intimate, Knowledgeable, Supremely Worthy Of Its Subject In Addition To Demolishing Mediocre, Uniformed Critics, Moving To Higher Ground Is A Meaningful Contribution To Music Scholarship Toni Morrison I Think It Should Be In Every Bookstore, Music Store, And School In The Country Tony Bennett Jazz, For Wynton Marsalis, Is Nothing Less Than A Search For Wisdom He Thinks As Forcefully, And As Elegantly, As He Swings When He Reflects On Improvisation, His Subject Is Freedom When He Reflects On Harmony, His Subject Is Diversity And Conflict And Peace When He Reflects On The Blues, His Subject Is Sorrow And The Mastery Of It How To Be Happy Without Being Blind There Is Philosophy In Marsalis S Trumpet, And In This Book Here Is The Lucid And Probing Voice Of An Uncommonly Soulful Man Leon Wieseltier, Literary Editor, The New Republic Wynton Marsalis Is Absolutely The Person Who Should Write This Book Here He Is, As Young As Morning, As Fresh As Dew, And Already Called One Of The Jazz Greats He Is Not Only A Seer And An Exemplary Musician, But A Poet As Well He Informs Us That Jazz Was Created, Among Other Things, To Expose The Hypocrisy And Absurdity Of Racism And Other Ignorances In Our Country Poetry Was Given To Human Beings For The Same Reason This Book Could Be Called How Love Can Change Your Life, For There Could Be No Jazz Without Love By Love, Of Course, I Do Not Mean Mush, Or Sentimentality Love Can Only Exist With Courage, And This Book Could Not Be Written Without Wynton Marsalis S Courage He Has The Courage To Make Powerful Music And To Love The Music So, That He Willingly Shares Its Riches With The Entire Human Family We Are Indebted To Him Maya Angelou


10 thoughts on “Moving to Higher Ground: How Jazz Can Change Your Life

  1. says:

    This was perhaps one of the most inspiring and captivating pieces of non fiction I have ever read This book is about what Jazz is and how the influence and understanding of Jazz truly the best thing that Americans have created can affect every aspect of your life Even if you re not a musician, this book is extremely approachable and will help you become familiar with one of the best and most innovative forms of American art Though it is not completely auto biographical, the reader gets to This was perhaps one of the most inspiring and captivating pieces of non fiction I have ever read This book is about what Jazz is and how the influence and understanding of Jazz truly the best thing that Americans have created can affect every aspect of your life Even if you re not a musician, this book is extremely approachable and will help you become familiar with one of the best and most innovative forms of American art Though it is not completely auto biographical, the reader gets to know the Jazz legend Wynton Marsalis trough stories of childhood, adolescence, and his growth into an extremely respectable Jazz player and representative The reader gets acquainted with how he personally learned Jazz and the art of improvisation through trial and plenty of error I learned two prominent things as a writer when I read this book that I have only come to realize now that I am doing muchwriting First I learned the power of conveying real life experiences in a simplistic, honest, and relatable way in order to show certain struggles and certain growths of character The second thing I learned, which was the essence of the entire book, was learning to use improvisation and the influence of Jazz in my own writing Improvisation isof a feeling than anything and as that feeling changes and grows, so does artistic expression I have been a Jazz bass player for a few years now When I write, I don t approach a piece with the intent to draw some specific emotion or draw some specific, predetermined plot, but rather, I create characters, their chemistry and tension while also sticking them in some scenario and letting them interact and get to know each other So, in a way, I make things up as go and what this accomplishes for me is the conveyance of the freshest and most picturesque expression of my current condition through the use of characters, plot, and setting This is so because the essence of improvisation lies in creating something as you feel it rather than performing something that is rehearsed or writing something that is predetermined


  2. says:

    Being a fan of jazz I m listening to Miles Davis, McCoy Tyner, and Thelonious Monk as I write this , the book interested me But even better was how Marsalis demonstrated what jazz can teach us OK, the subtitle is a little overstated, but still there are valuable lessons.The first chapter talks about how jazz encourages both individual expression as well as working together as a group, which has applicability in so many areas of life The second chapter sets forth the vocabulary of jazz, which Being a fan of jazz I m listening to Miles Davis, McCoy Tyner, and Thelonious Monk as I write this , the book interested me But even better was how Marsalis demonstrated what jazz can teach us OK, the subtitle is a little overstated, but still there are valuable lessons.The first chapter talks about how jazz encourages both individual expression as well as working together as a group, which has applicability in so many areas of life The second chapter sets forth the vocabulary of jazz, which is helpful for the non musician as well as the musician The third chapter delves into the blues, the incubator and life blood of jazz The fourth chapter talks about the experience of playing jazz together The fifth chapter deals with racial relations, as seen through the spectrum of jazz but also as it relates to community life in the United States Chapter six goes through 13 of the greats of jazz, and contains recommendations of which recordings to check out The last chapter is a plea for respect and trust, two traits of good jazz musicians, in our communal life and relationships.Even if you are not a jazz fan, what Marsalis talks about is certainly applicable to other forms of music to some degree he is, after all, an accomplished classical musician, too And certainly his use of jazz to plead forrespect, understanding, and working together among people of all different backgrounds is worth hearing Highly recommended


  3. says:

    This book had been on my to read bookshelf much too long I wish I had read it sooner Recently, I have found myself drawn to listening jazz and blues muchthan regularly After reading it, I understand why I am looking for music for meat on its bones, and the place to find that is definitely in jazz and blues Why Because as Marsalis eloquently states, the starting point for playing jazz is the complete mastery of one s instrument This has to be combined with the ability to communicat This book had been on my to read bookshelf much too long I wish I had read it sooner Recently, I have found myself drawn to listening jazz and blues muchthan regularly After reading it, I understand why I am looking for music for meat on its bones, and the place to find that is definitely in jazz and blues Why Because as Marsalis eloquently states, the starting point for playing jazz is the complete mastery of one s instrument This has to be combined with the ability to communicate and share the spotlight musically with other musicians, and to stay true to one s own groove, even when the crowd or other musicians don t get it Eventually, they will come around For people who have never listened to jazz, a copy of this book and access to YouTube are about all you need to learn the basics Marsalis is incredibly generous both to his readers and his fellow musicians He recommends certain songs to illustrate certain points, e.g., using Louis Armstrong s opening trumpet solo on West End Blues, or bass player Joe Smith responding to Bessie Smith s vocals on Young Woman s Blues, to demonstrate call and response When you take the time to listen to some of his examples as you progress through the book, you comprehend what he is saying muchbetter Throughout this book, Marsalis uses events from his own life to demonstrate lessons from jazz He is very candid about his own shortcomings and mistakes, such as unfortunate comments in interviews when he was a brash young man, or failing to appreciate the kid who stuck up for him in elementary school when the racial slurs were flying He also does not shirk from talking about the greater issues that jazz illuminates, like racism and drug abuse When talking about other musicians, he is also tells the truth He talks about lives ruined by heroin, and others in decline through choosing fame over music Throughout it all, though, what comes through is his love for the music and respect for the people who make it.This book has so much heart, it swings it definitely swings


  4. says:

    My dad lent me this book because of our long standing mutual interest in jazz and his hero worship of Marsalis I wasn t quite sure what to expect when I picked it up, and was a bit concerned that I was getting into another new age feel good pointlessness However, Marsalis lived up to his reputation and delivered a fun book that touched on the history of some of jazz s main players, his own history, some fundamental aspects of jazz, and argued a case for jazz s ability to influence society and My dad lent me this book because of our long standing mutual interest in jazz and his hero worship of Marsalis I wasn t quite sure what to expect when I picked it up, and was a bit concerned that I was getting into another new age feel good pointlessness However, Marsalis lived up to his reputation and delivered a fun book that touched on the history of some of jazz s main players, his own history, some fundamental aspects of jazz, and argued a case for jazz s ability to influence society and the individuals contained therein The book is written in a conversational, colloquial style that s quite engaging and natural It was a quick read, I learned some things, and I m in the mood to listen to some jazz I popped in Duke Ellington s Far East Suite as I wrapped up the final chapter and it was good


  5. says:

    I didn t warm to this book right away Through a couple of chapters I was thinking that a reader would need some significant musical training to follow and I mistakenly thought that Wynton Marsalis was trying to teach non jazz fans about jazz Well, he may have been to some extent, but the success of this book isn t that His treatment of the blues as a music that backs up, supports, or is the foundation for good jazz was illuminating But for me, the successes of this book were the bigger less I didn t warm to this book right away Through a couple of chapters I was thinking that a reader would need some significant musical training to follow and I mistakenly thought that Wynton Marsalis was trying to teach non jazz fans about jazz Well, he may have been to some extent, but the success of this book isn t that His treatment of the blues as a music that backs up, supports, or is the foundation for good jazz was illuminating But for me, the successes of this book were the bigger lessons that Marsalis provides about life In a number of places he is candid about how he wasn t always a great trumpet player how he didn t always know how to swing with other musicians and how his mouth got him into trouble in saying things that he shouldn t have said As a DC hand dancer, I loved his obvious respect for swing dancing and his laments about how several generations now have lost the kind of connections to one another that we who still partner dance enjoy It s hard not to give away too much of the story I ll just say that one particular lesson about dealing with the deficiencies in one s talent as the key to success in any aspect of life that s one lesson I m stealing Folks are going to hear that from me, but I ll always give attribution Thanks Wynton


  6. says:

    A lot of empty, semi theoretical, feel good tripe whose import I honestly fail to understand.Sometimes it feels like the author is about to make his point but it never happens.Sure playing with others can teach you to be a part of a team and how to balance your needs with those of other people in it, but it is scarcely the sole domain of jazz, and Marsalis utterly fails to demonstrate how jazz is different from, say, rock n roll or any other collaborative effort in music And most definitely, th A lot of empty, semi theoretical, feel good tripe whose import I honestly fail to understand.Sometimes it feels like the author is about to make his point but it never happens.Sure playing with others can teach you to be a part of a team and how to balance your needs with those of other people in it, but it is scarcely the sole domain of jazz, and Marsalis utterly fails to demonstrate how jazz is different from, say, rock n roll or any other collaborative effort in music And most definitely, this shouldn t take 180 pages.This was a pain to read at times


  7. says:

    This is the first of many books I will read, written by Wynton Marsalis As he has finally shed his reputation as a young arrogant musician not so young any , he is coming into his own as a master not just musically, but philosophically as well.This book was a quick read, but an intense one And although it was written many years ago, I know what the current Marsalis wants to say with his words.Overall, very inspiring and a must for jazz musicians and especially jazz lovers.


  8. says:

    Wynton Marsalis is an icon to me, both as a trumpet player and as a historian and advocate for jazz He seems to be the unofficial Ambassador of Jazz, as the artistic director of Jazz at Lincoln Center in NY It s such a pleasure to read his writing about jazz, what makes jazz such a quintessentially American phenomenon and what it says about democracy and shared humanity, and get his takes often tough but always fair on a few of the all time legends Jazz teaches that everyone has a voice and Wynton Marsalis is an icon to me, both as a trumpet player and as a historian and advocate for jazz He seems to be the unofficial Ambassador of Jazz, as the artistic director of Jazz at Lincoln Center in NY It s such a pleasure to read his writing about jazz, what makes jazz such a quintessentially American phenomenon and what it says about democracy and shared humanity, and get his takes often tough but always fair on a few of the all time legends Jazz teaches that everyone has a voice and a story to tell that improvisation is how you find your voice, what works and what doesn t that people can dotogether than by themselves, and to respect and trust one another that the blues are part of life and playing the blues helps that life sfun when it swings


  9. says:

    Having heard Mr Marsalis give a talk at the Kenyon College Commencement, and watched him teach a master music class, I could hardly wait to read this book, as he is clearly muchthan merely a very talented musician The book is fascinating as he not only clearly explains the history of jazz, what it takes to be a good musician, both as an individual and as part of a group, and how some of the necessary skills to do so can also affect how to be in the rest of one s life and society He is d Having heard Mr Marsalis give a talk at the Kenyon College Commencement, and watched him teach a master music class, I could hardly wait to read this book, as he is clearly muchthan merely a very talented musician The book is fascinating as he not only clearly explains the history of jazz, what it takes to be a good musician, both as an individual and as part of a group, and how some of the necessary skills to do so can also affect how to be in the rest of one s life and society He is definitely a wise and thoughtful man


  10. says:

    This book is a very powerful and inspiring read I initially read it thinking it would be specifically directed at musicians, and while there is a lot to say about musical skills, it also discusses identity and it s context in society I really liked this book because it was very self motivating for me and I think because of it, I m not only a better musician, but I m a better andcreative person I would recommend this book for anyone interested in jazz music or looking for how they can ex This book is a very powerful and inspiring read I initially read it thinking it would be specifically directed at musicians, and while there is a lot to say about musical skills, it also discusses identity and it s context in society I really liked this book because it was very self motivating for me and I think because of it, I m not only a better musician, but I m a better andcreative person I would recommend this book for anyone interested in jazz music or looking for how they can express the creative side of their personality


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