Playing in a small group tomorrow. Been a while since I played some standards and really, I mean really, played jazz. I often do it within the confines of the big band and it can be hit or miss. If you are not familiar with the melody of a big band chart, it is more difficult (I feel) to sell a solo, as it can be detached from the arrangement. In a smaller group, the melody can really be the thread that holds the music together. By "the melody," I mean the rhythmic, melodic, stylistic, and dynamic aspects of that melody - not just the notes. You really need to know the tune inside and out and then you can hint at that melody. Looking forward to doing that.
Dr. Michael Kearns
Musician, educator, husband, father, web designer ... my life is like a mosaic with each piece vying for my attention.