Playing Jazz

Muggsy with Guitar

I love playing jazz most of all. It has taught me more about playing the guitar than any other music I've played, although all the forms I've played have taught me something.

I love playing at the Dakota Jazz Club in Minneapolis a lot, I seem to play better there. Perhaps it has something to do with thinking of the jazz luminaries who have played there before.

I also enjoy playing Monday Night Jazz at the Veranda Lounge with Jeff, Karl, Pete, Mike, Richard and all the others who show up and sit in. That alone has done more for my playing than any other gig. I have become more comfortable with chord progressions and have to rely less and less on my "fake books." But I'm not ready to give them up completely!

Jazz is freedom! Playing jazz is the most free I ever feel. I hope to be playing until I'm dead.