On the Rhythm Changes Podcast, Alvin Brendan talks about playing in musical duos and releasing an album called Duets with Will Clements.
Rhythm Changes Podcast topics
photo by Cory Weeds
- What makes Alvin so highly regarded as an accompanist by his peers
- The friends who got him going: Christopher Wong & Gavin Grochowski
- How I got my mind blown at the Goldie’s Pizza jam (c. 2013) by Eli Davidovici and Mili Hong
- How Alvin had a similar time recording The Boy Next Door by Will Clements, with Jodi Proznick & Craig Scott
- Identifying with Ilhan Saferali’s reports of recording anxiety
- The good feedback loop that powers a great duo
- The concept of wishing for the chance to be ‘worst in the room’, which we use to power our careers
- Alvin’s understanding of the accompanist role in a tidy statement
- Playing outside of jazz with Tissa Rahim
- My main duo partners: Madeleine Elkins, Gabriel Dubreuil, Kirin Lamb
- The time around a gig at Frankie’s when Alvin and his friends got to know Terry Clarke
- What Alvin learned from Peter Bernstein, at Cap and from knowing him a bit
- The joy of learning jazz through YouTube clips of live gigs — an early-2010s phenomenon?
- What a week looks like in the life of Alvin Brendan
- Alvin’s love of not having a routine
- Whether or not we’re already doing what we want to do with our lives
- Framing our creative lives with gratitude
- How the Duets album with Will Clements happened, and how the music captures their spirit
My top moment was right at the end, when Alvin reveals a funny first impression that he got from Will Clements. Stick around for that!
Find our guest on Instagram @alvinbrendan.