Al Simmons, Greg Lowe, Ron Paley, Daniel Koulack (Anthony Fernando)
Go potty before you play.
Renowned entertainer Al Simmons is performing Feb. 18 at the Park
Theatre with three of Winnipeg's finest jazz musicians, including the
maestro himself, Ron Paley on accordion.
Al has had a long standing love affair with jazz and he gets downright philosophical here on SCENE looking at how jazz musicians could learn a lick or two from children and vice-versa.
Here's Al Simmons:
Healthy and happy young kids have a natural free flowing playfulness about them. The fact that kids do not yet understand the complexities of communication doesn't stop them from talking. They can begin a sentence without a care in the world as to where it will end up. To us it sounds like a jumble of thoughts and made up words but it is free flowing jazz in its purest form. Their play is the same. Imaginations run rampant. Anything is possible. Every moment a new task is explored and sometimes conquered.
If two children are playing well together they take turns and work cooperatively. Cooperation is key, and at a young age they seem to understand and often play by a few simple rules.
Instead of playing on a play structure, talented musicians like Daniel Koulack, Greg Lowe and Ron Paley play within a chord-structure. When you watch and listen to them play you will notice that they too are letting their imaginations run rampant while following the same simple rules.
Stay within the play structure
Every now and then it is ok to go nuts but calm down afterwards
Time is important
Go potty before you play
What to expect at Al Simmons's Jazz Festival Show: