A New Way of Seeing Jazz

Aesthetic Realism and The Siegel Theory of Opposites offer a new way of understanding the beauty of jazz and all music.


I grew up outside of Philadelphia and have lived in New York for over 20 years. I'm a jazz pianist, singer, arranger, choral conductor and music teacher. I've been teaching full-time for about 18 years. Currently I teach on the junior and senior high school levels, though I've taught from elementary school through college. I also teach privately. Since 1985 I've been studying Aesthetic Realism, first in consultations and now in professional classes taught by Ellen Reiss.

Sunday, January 23, 2005

Elvis Presley

Here is a link to a paper by singer Kevin Fennell about "The Urgent Question for Men and Women: How Do We Want to Affect People?" It includes a discussion of Elvis Presley's life and music, and it's thrilling! Looking at "Jailhouse Rock" and "Heartbreak Hotel," Mr. Fennell takes up statements Eli Siegel made about the meaning of Rock and Roll (and afterall, Rock and Roll is such a close cousin to jazz). For anyone who loves Rock and Roll this is not to be missed!