Aug 12, 2022
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Steve Kortyka and Ryan Devlin are leading saxophone improvisers who have leaned into social media content creation the past few years, spawing their new release “A Series of Circumstances.” The guys stopped by the updated JJRR studios in person while on tour to discuss how they ended up recording with jazz legends and how learning jazz improv can sometimes be, as Steve describes, a “violent process.” This episode goes FSN (full sax nerd) but is illuminating to hear how 3 generations of saxophonists (including JimJim) think about and approach training the mind and body for jazz improv.
09:32s Remembering 2020 covid shutdown – Steve’s prior episode
11:03s Silver lining of pandemic: great time to build online presence
13:34s Learning about Youtube algorithm pay generation
14:56s Connecting with Ryan Devlin through social media
18:06s Ryan’s journey into social media – starting with random posts
25:30s Violence process of learning jazz improv
30:14s Ryan’s early experience learning music – asking Dad for lessons
36:42s Despair that creeps in when tackling a big challenge
38:45s Cold showers – a training for your mind
43:01s Putting together a new record with jazz legends Nussbaum and Perla
47:48s Booking the tour
49:52s Organically ending up on PM Records label, “where jazz is supposed to be”
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