Tip 13Find a Mentor

One thing the jazz music culture has really gotten right is the practice of mentorship. It’s common in the jazz world for young musicians to find more experienced musicians who will take them under their wings and pass down the lineage of the jazz tradition. It doesn’t stop there, though. These older musicians often serve as career counselors, life advisors, and sounding boards. In exchange, the younger musicians are fiercely loyal, building up a support and rabid fan network around their mentors.

Connections are made and players are hired every day via these relationships. The society of jazz culture has created a self-organizing culture and set of customs around the mentor/mentee relationship. It’s a system that works ...

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