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Teacher, Teacher: a New JazzTimes Series

Pt. 1: Gretchen Parlato and Dianne Reeves remember important mentors

Dianne Reeves

Gretchen Parlato

Singer Gretchen Parlato was accustomed to the atmosphere of the arts high school she attended in Southern California, where “you’re spoiled in a really good way with being encouraged and inspired and you’re surrounded by arts. It’s so rich, there’s so much opportunity that when you graduate your college years can seem a bit of a letdown. So it was kind of a good reality check to attend UCLA.” But making the transition wasn’t easy. “I had more teachers who took the tough-love approach. That works for certain people, but to be honest I never worked well with tough love. It’s never resonated with me.”

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