Jonathan Baylis - Learning To Improvise [EP.20]

Jonathan Baylis talks about being a lifelong learner and becoming an improvising jazz double bassist.

Jonathan Baylis - Learning To Improvise [EP.20]
Jonathan Baylis contributed the original photo for this episode. Kelly Bergman is the photographer.

On the Rhythm Changes Podcast, Jonathan Baylis talks about being a lifelong learner and becoming an improvising jazz double bassist.

We talked about:

  • Jonathan’s 130-year-old bass that he got from Rick Reynolds
  • Jodi Proznick’s praise for Jonathan and how she inspired both of us to play bass
  • Our bass instructors: Jodi, André Lachance, Darren Radtke, and Rene Worst
  • Jonathan’s memories of when he and I were both students at the 2014 Douglas College Summer Jazz Intensive
  • How teenage jazz musicians treated him as an adult learner
  • What lifelong learners need to remember
  • The benefit of playing in a community big band where you pay dues to join
  • James Danderfer’s advice out of left field when Jonathan was learning to solo
  • Why I saw a chiropractor at age 17
  • Why I started drinking coffee for the first time
  • How Hamilton Street Swing did a front-lawn concert with the audience dancing in the street (I was there, as were Will Clements and others)
  • The members of Jonathan’s groups: Michael Radnai, Strauss Whiteside, and guests Tyler Murray and Kayden Gordon (also Ben MacRae)
  • The genre of music (not jazz) that the Baylis family plays together
  • My mum gets proven right about the Halifax area’s climate
  • What music meant to Jonathan’s dad
  • The hardest part of his journey learning to improvise