I listened to a radio program last week in which three jazz pianists talked about their middle school memories. They are professional pianists and are active in their bands. But jazz performance is not a lucrative job even they are relatively well-known among jazz enthusiasts.
A little while ago, they drank at a jazz bar on Sunday night. Few people were there except them, so they began to play piano in rotation as if practice and self-satisfaction.
However, they talked about the good memories when they were middle school students. As they had practiced piano since childhood, they played piano at school chorus contests, and demonstrated improvised performance at the interlude of the songs. One of them said that he was praised by his music teacher. And they proudly talked that they became popular at least just after the contests.
Their talk reminded me of my brother. He is a jazz saxophonist. He started playing a sax at his junior high schooler. At the time just before he graduated from the school, he devoted himself into a band activity. During the winter holidays of his last grade he was not at home for practices and performance of the band activity. He also paid much attention to his appearance. Eventually any performers are a job attracting people, so appearance is a very importance element.
I know there are lots of musicians who are hard to make ends meet. However, those who are evaluated by audience have passion to music and enough skill backed by abundant amount of practice and given talent. The radio talk made me feel wanting to support them.