I have a theory. When jazz was being created in the early part of last century it gave the people creating it an opportunity to feel good about themselves, express a feeling of joy and generally have a good time. In these modern times we live in much better circumstances (generally) than what they were back then (which is a good thing!) but I hear a lot people play [jazz] as if they are dealing with these issues and not expressing the joy of the music.
I had a lesson with Tim Hagans (if you don’t know his playing, check it out!!) it was a very informative lesson on many levels. One thing he spoke about was conjuring up all your feelings and experiences from your life up and expressing them through your playing.
I’ve had to deal with some depression after my mother passed away and I’m still dealing with it, but one the best ways I get to deal with it is by playing jazz. The more I play jazz in a joyful way the more fun I have with it and the more I get to express who I am as a person.
The thoughts from Tim Hagans as they translate through me are that I want to express the feeling of fun and joy as that is what I like to hear in the music and what I want to do with my music, the next cat can do what they want and express how they want to feel.