I have heard a lot of nonsense about jazz but not that performers could
be exchanges without notice. Yes, pop-singers OK, but that is a
completely different league.
The beauty of jazz is that you can play the same tunes every night but
each time it is completely different and playing the same tune with
different personnel makes a great difference. Last Friday and Saturday I
played with my Big band but we had some difference in personnel.
Although we played the same tunes the sound was completely different.
The only problem with jazz is that it is no easy music (just as
classical music, especially from the 20th century). You have to be
prepared to follow the sometimes very convoluted harmonic and melodic
ways that are played (listen e.g. to John Coltrane and the great
difference with Coleman Hawkins, or Errol Garner and Art Tatum). I could
go on but I stop. I hope I made your error in judgement clear.
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