Maybe I Can Learn Something

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by Andy Scheer

During a performance by the Kris Tokarski Trio the opening day of the Evergreen Jazz Festival, who walked in and took a seat but Carl Sonny Leyland and Jeff Hamilton.

Drummer Jeff Hamilton (left) and pianist Carl Sonny Leyland listen to Kris Tokarski.

Drummer Jeff Hamilton (left) and pianist Carl Sonny Leyland listen to Kris Tokarski.

This was the first of many times I noticed acclaimed musicians listening to their colleagues.

Kris Tokarski is a rising star in the world of traditional jazz piano. His drummer, Hal Smith, is a legend. The two men who came to listen are also giants. Leyland is a master of boogie-woogie piano; Hamilton had replaced Smith in Leyland’s trio.

My thoughts went back to the summer of 2003 and a writers conference where I served on staff. The entire time as we drove to the faculty dinner, the two fiction teachers, Jack Cavanaugh and Francine Rivers, talked craft. They each wanted to know how the other approached certain tasks. Both were teachers and master craftsmen. But they also considered themselves students.

Both were teachers and master craftsmen. But they also considered themselves students.

Whether a musician or a writer, that’s the mark of a real professional.

About Andy Scheer

With more than 30 years in publishing, Andy Scheer has provided freelance editorial services since 2010. He has edited fiction and nonfiction for publishers including Moody, WinePress, and BelieversPress, as well as for clients including Dirk Cussler, McNair Wilson, DiAnn Mills, Heather Day Gilbert, and Sammy Tippit.
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