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Notorious BIG Was A Diction & Phrasing Student

Posted By on August 3, 2010

      According to musician Donald Harrison, the late Notorious B.I.G. was being taught and trained in diction and phrasing from him, a jazz saxophonist while Biggie was a teenager. Harrison says Biggie was trying to develop his signature tone and he was tryin to steer him into a jazz career when he was only 13.

      "The first time I spoke with Chris, the Notorious B.I.G., he was on the stoop," Harrison says. "I was passing by and he just said 'Hello.' We started talking and it grew into a friendship. He was a lot younger, but he wanted to learn about music. And that was magic words to my ears." Harrison wanted to make his neighbor a jazz musician. He gave him homework, made him learn how to scat a Cannonball Adderley solo and listen to Charlie Parker and Ella Fitzgerald. "We worked on various tonguing and speed and agility," Harrison says. "You have to slow things down really slow and take the time to phrase each note."


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