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Nate Smith & Brittany Howard – “Collaborating”

The collaborative process is incredibly important for musicians – particularly jazz musicians. In this Session, Nate Smith meets up with Brittany Howard at Sound Emporium in Nashville to discuss their collaboration on Brittany’s debut solo album “Jaime”, which was released in 2019 and has received six Grammy nominations.

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Subject: Nate Smith has developed a reputation in the industry as not only one of the best drummers, but also one of the most effective collaborators. In this “Collaborating” series, Nate speaks with three musicians he’s worked with on various projects. Your students will get a first hand look at the collaboration process and learn what it takes to be an effective collaborator.

In this episode of the series, Nate met up with Brittany Howard at Sound Emporium in Nashville to discuss their collaboration on Brittany’s debut solo album “Jaime”, which was released in 2019 and has received six Grammy nominations.

Age/Skill-Level Recommendation: Intended for intermediate to advanced level students, ages 14 and up. Experience playing an instrument, and a basic understanding of musical terminology is recommended.

Topics Discussed: Collaboration, songwriting, drums, piano, guitar, recording.

Recommended Use: We recommend this video be used to teach intermediate to advanced level students about the importance of the collaborative process and how to become a better collaborator.

Discussion Questions

  • Why do you think Nate Smith is such an effective collaborator? Why do so many musicians want to work with him?
  • Describe the role that music engineer, Sean Everett played in the collaboration process.
  • What does Brittany look for in a musician when selecting who to collaborate with? What does she mean by “no egos”?

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