June 18, 2024


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An interview with Jason Ajemyan: Mile high jazz. We are all cousins: Video

Jazz interview with jazz bassist Jason Ajemyan. interview by email in writing.

JazzBluesNews:Space: – First let’s start with where you grew up, arid what got you interested in music? How did you start playing?

Jason Ajemyan: – Waynesboro Virginia. I was digging the sounds before I ever hit the ground. My parents were into so I was exposed and feeling from the get goes. My parents were really into ellington, ricky nelson, stone ground, the platters and the gator creek organization and mingus.

JBN.S: – What interested you in picking up the jazz contrabass?

JA: – Always looking for the Greatest sports challenge. I was a fan of getting low already and also was reaching for the sky. I had been one upping people 2 feet taller than me on the courts and thought I should take on an instrument that offered the same ways to win.

JBN.S: – What teacher or teachers helped you progress to the bassist You are today?

JA: – Unlce mike, lessons with bud cockerel from Pablo cruise, church choir director, ben tucker, Charlie mccoy,etc …

JBN.S: – How has the Blues and Jazz culture influenced your views of the world?

JA: – Well for one thing its let me know I never want to be joe bonasmassa or mike frost.

JBN.S: – What practice routine or exercise have you developed to maintain and improve your current musical ability?

JA: – Deadications. Grind. Louis johnson instructional videos, etc …

JBN.S: – Many aspiring musicians are always looking for advice when navigating thru the music business. Is there any piece of advice you can offer to aspiring students or even your peers that you believe will help them succeed and stay positive in this business?

JA: – Chances are you are going nowhere fast and if are you will probley never make out alive. Or get a degree online in plumbing. Or marry a dr. most importantly get down on its. EST helped joe Namath, me, fellow Armenian Cher and peter Gabriel and many others. it works.

JBN.S: – Аnd finally jazz can be a business today and someday?

JA: – Strictly businesss everyday.

JBN.S: – What do you miss most nowadays from the music of past?  What are your hopes and fears for the future of?

JA: – The realness that once was (and still is just maybe not as obviousness) the hippy conglomerate is back in full $ making mode. EDM is prevalent. The book of romans warns about what will happen when the 2 meet. And they already have.

JBN.S: – What’s the next musical frontier for you?

JA: – Mile high jazz. In talks with American Airlines right now. will kind of force people to feel what we are doing.

JBN.S: – Are there any similarities between the blues/jazz and the genres of local folk music and traditional forms?

JA: – We are all cousins. They all started somewhere and god didn’t build a staircase leading nowhere.

JBN.S: – Who do you find yourself listening to these days?

JA: – My own recordings for deeper research in how to improve. The new Lesa Hudson release is quite inspiring. Also I was recently given a radio only release of Gino Vanelli’s “brother to brother radio special” from 1978. (my parents played that studio lp a lot around the house)  The studio tracks are strong but it’s the inbetween commentary from Gino that shows another side, an angle that one may not expect. For instance when he is explaining the Appaloosa track and how he had been listening jimmy garrison’s playing with coletrane in japan and was channeling that vibe to jimmy haslip when recording. I found that gave me a cosmic feeling of oneness that I never want to lose.

Conversation led: Simon Sargsyan

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