Legends are Made!
So what is the Jazzaar Concept?
If you enjoy listening to music or watching music videos, then you’ve probably been touched by the ‘bug’ I’m writing about in this article. Hence, it is only right that you are somewhat informed on the backdrop of this business and how it thrives on quality and why it also fails in that department at times.
You’ve probably heard that there is no business like ‘Show Business’. The music industry is as much part of that show business, one that contributes and benefits from the audio technologies, their inventors and engineers, talents and skills of musicians, music educators, producers and especially the legendary personalities that may or may not be known to the world at large.
Yes, there are professionals and there are legends. Legends are more than people of expertise that can deliver something of good quality but they themselves have something about them that is so potent that it could rub off onto another to reproduce another legend!
You’d find such in every field of work but in this article I wish to shed some light on legends or what I prefer to call as ‘role models’ on the musical stage and their tremendous gift to the world because legends do indeed create legends! The world has seen the likes of Charlie Parker to Miles Davis to Joh Coltrane and how one affected the other to excel! Where there is a lack of a role model, that venture is programmed to remain common and average. The working principle that I shall describe below can be transfered onto any other field of work, and perhaps you’d identify with my sentiments to glean some food for thought that hopefully enriches your own life experience.
Below is a demonstration of how legends or role models in the music industry can affect the output quality of young musicians (aged 16 – 24 years old) like no music academy can ever achieve in a classroom. How? All they did was to continue to live up to the high standard they had set for themselves as professionals alongside young, wide-eyed but talented swiss youth as they rehearsed together for 5 or 6 days. They gave unconditionally as they served the music and the youth! The young people in turn followed suit, as they too rehearsed the same production next to the professionals observing in awe how these role models solved problems relentlessly in working out the music to perfection! The learning curve that took place that week in 2008 in these young people in a small town called Aarau in Switzerland was steeper than any you’d find in a music college after a whole year of instruction and testing!
The profound discovery in this ‘learning on the bandstand’ platform is that ‘excellence is contagious and addictive’! Just as anything that is contagious and addictive, excellence suddenly ‘feels’ effortless…the youth can’t help but produce only excellent result while being engrossed in awe and fascination for the way their coaches went about their trade! Oh, and imagine how the stuff that makes legends can rub off on to the young people as they hung with these Pros at lunch and during break times throughout the week in a sense of social camaraderie that is not found in most classrooms of our music institutions, where the teacher does not play with the student, but mostly lectures at him or her…! It is important to note that top quality output from students in a ‘learning on the bandstand’ environment is crucially dependent on 2 factors:
1. Excellence must be role modelled
2. The learner observes in awe and fascination to reproduce a similar output
This principle was proven and tested by the social psychologist Albert Bandura in his ‘Model Learning’ experiments.
At Jazzaar Festival productions, a professional role model leads each section of the big band or jazz orchestra that is mostly populated by young talents. Such is the unique educational concept employed at Jazzaar Festival.
Check out an excerpt of their performance in the video above, after only 6 days of learning the music together!