Gene's Open Road

  • INTERVIEWED BY:

    Full Circle

  • INTERVIEW LOCATION:

    St. Louis, MO

GENE DOBBS-BRADFORD

Executive Director
Jazz St. Louis

“I don't think you're ever going to be great at something if it's something you don't really want to do. That's why it's so important that you pick something you really have a passion for.”

INTERESTS:

Music Non-Profit Organizations

THEMES DISCUSSED:

Dedication Desire Experience Focus Fulfillment Hard Work Passion Community Support & Encouragement Failure Fear Perseverance Determination

FOUNDATION:

Working with Others

TAGS:

band, bass, concerts, eastman school of music, education, equipment, executive director, jazz, management, music, musicians, nonprofit, orchestra, outreach, practice, rehearsal, repetoire, stage, students, teamwork

BIOGRAPHY:

  • Always loved music, wanted to play bass because he "thought it was cool," joined the jazz band.
  • Realized that, at times, the camaraderie of the band was actually more appealing to him than the music itself.
  • He joined the classical orchestra at school; realized his repertoire, style and schedule were all going to be limited.
  • He had much more fun organizing pick-up rehearsals and house shows with his jazz friends back home.
  • When he went back to school, he didn't want to be an orchestra bassist; found an intriguing orchestra management program.
  • Didn't have enough experience to get in, so he bought books, talked to mentors, really prepared for his interview, showed enthusiasm and got in.
  • Now runs Jazz St. Louis, a non-profit that puts on concerts, does education and outreach jazz programs.
  • Stresses the importance of practice, not just in music, but in all areas; "if you're interested in something, find out everything you can about it."

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