Member Profile – Maurice St. Pierre

Music lover, scholar, father of drummer Mark St. Pierre –By Bob Jacobson “I play no instrument,” says Maurice St. Pierre, BJA member since 2013, yet music has clearly played a major role in his life. As a youth in British Guiana (which gained independence as Guyana in 1966), he saw a wide range of American artists – Johnny Mathis, Louis Armstrong, Chubby Checker, Cab Calloway, Marian Anderson – and calypsonians from the Caribbean, notably The Mighty Sparrow. | Read more>> Read more

Stage Fright and How to Conquer It

A condition commonly plaguing performers can be overcome. Is there anyone amongst us who has never had some stage fright?  My question is, of course, rhetorical.  Stage fright is a “common denominator” of musical performers, at one time or another.   Moreover, the general psychological phenomenon of performance anxiety is not limited to stage fright per se; it also applies to one’s emotional response to any kind of performance; for example, doing a job interview, giving a toast at a wedding, going on a first date, and “rounding third base” some time after that first date…  Not only is some degree of anxiety entirely normal before and/or during a musical event, it’s actually necessary for optimal performance.  | Read more>> Read more

“I’ll Be Seeing You in All the Old Familiar Places”

–A nostalgic look at the jazz scene of yesteryear and questions for the future It was a dark and stormy night … not really; it was actually rather drizzly, but nobody walked through the doors of the old club on Pennsylvania Avenue, The Sphinx Club, without shaking a little drizzle off their hat or wiping down some of the wetness on their sleeves.  | Read more>> Read more

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