Blue Notes

Artist Of The Week: Saxophonist Stephen Richard Debunks 5 Jazz Stereotypes

Each Wednesday, Rocks Off arbitrarily appoints one lucky local performer or group "Artist of the Week," bestowing upon them all the fame and grandeur such a lofty title implies. Know a band or artist that isn't awful? Email their particulars to [email protected].

There are two reasons that jazz saxophonist Stephen Richard was selected as this week's Artist of the Week.

First, he sent us an email that scoffed at the notion of being simply Artist of the Week, instead offering in all caps that he should be named our "ARTIST OF THE YEAR." He basically disregarded everything we've written about this past year and a half in 18 characters. You have to appreciate the efficiency of his moxie.

Second, jazz musicians have to be one of the most obscure, most misunderstood groups of people on the planet, and we've heard a ton of stereotypes about them that we wanted cleared up. He obliged in answering the most pressing five.

Hit the jump to read about, among other things, whether or not jazz musicians really are all perpetually high, if they hate Jesus, and if black jazz musicians are inherently more natural than white jazz musicians.

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Shea Serrano