29. June 2012 · 2 comments · Categories: FBQD

A famous jazz teacher once told me, “Don’t swing; play like Dexter Gordon.” I’m still trying to figure that one out. Think of the loss if, for example, Johnny Griffin, Tubby Hayes, Sonny Rollins “played like Dexter Gordon” instead of like themselves. My oboe teacher, Bill Criss, didn’t give a lot of compliments but once he said “That was good: sound, intonation, dynamics, but I didn’t feel anything. Play it again and this time I want to feel something.” I like that approach better.


  1. Do you know who wrote that, Patty? Bill Chris was an LA Phil oboist of the last generation, so it might be someone we know…

  2. Haven’t a clue, Bob. I suppose if I did a Facebook search … maybe later. 🙂