i was wondering what people think about this theory i've got:

it seems there is a correlation between being a nice good person and playing good jazz. if you are selfish and arrogant you might only play to make yourself look good, which seems to lead to not playing really good meaningful music. eg yo might just try to play fast all the time

on the other hand if you are humble and honest it seems like you will listen properly and might make really good music.

on the other hand i suppose there were many good musicians who are nitwits.

what do people think about this?
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i don't think keith jarret(look at the post regarding his behavior in italy) or buddy rich had such a great attitude but still they play fantastic.

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thats nice stuff there scot

keith jarrett, dunno maybe he might not be that nice a person, but watching him play on dvd i always get the feeling that he is playing with a very honest and humble attitude...he obviously really listens hard...i don't think you can play stuff like the koln concert without having a certain sense of virtue and humility about you
when you think that the koln concert almost never happened because the piano wasn't the one it was supposed to be...

there's a difference between being a nice guy and handling extremely stressful situation.  
my friend's real nice, but he turns real bad as soon as someone cuts him off on the street. he doesn't handle stress all that well...
i'm reading "a new earth" by eckhart tolle.  i'm about a third of the way through it and so far it has been all about ego.  very interesting. very insightful.  very helpful and applicable to the musician spirit.  (and the entire world consciousness actually:)

it may shed some light on this thread...
i consider myself pretty arrogant and selfish.  yet in my carrer i have never been wanting for more gigs.  when one band has ended i have never waited long for others to be pursueing me for another.  when playing solo i have never had to try to sell more than a half dozen clubs before landing my next gig.  sure i am not a famous rock star but i really think that is just because i am not more arrogant and selfish than i am.
and unfortunately i spent to much of my money on things like berkely college of music instead of on tight leather clothes.
your money at berklee was well spent. just up the pizza, cheeseburgers and beer...the leather clothes will get tight...kill two birds with the same gold
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