- 1. I'm sorry. I'm sorry.
- 2. No. Stay.
- 3. What's your name?
- 4. Andrew Neiman, sir.
- 5. What year are you?
- 6. I'm first year.
- 7. - Do you know who I am?
- Yes, sir.
- 8. So you know I'm looking for players.
- 9. Yes, sir.
- 10. Then why did you stop playing?
- 11. Did I ask you to start playing?
- 12. - Sorry, I...
- I asked why you stopped playing...
- 13. and your answer was to turn
into a wind-up monkey.
- 14. - Sorry, I thought...
- Show me your rudiments.
- 15. Yes, sir.
- 16. Double-time swing.
- 17. No, double-time. Double it.
- 18. Faster. Faster.
- 19. Oopsy-daisy.
- 20. Forgot my jacket.
- 21. - No Swedish Fish?
- No, not today.
- 22. Thanks.
- 23. - You okay?
- 24. Yeah. Well, I don't know.
He saw me play today.
- 25. And?
- 26. Well, you got plenty of options still.
- 27. - What does that mean?
- 28. - Other options?
- Just, you know...
- 29. It's just life.
- 30. Listen, when you get to be my age,
you get perspective.
- 31. I don't want perspective.
- 32. Sorry.
- 33. All right.
- 34. I don't want the Raisinets.
- 35. Why didn't you say that?
- 36. I just eat around them.
- 37. I don't understand you.
- 38. Bye. I'll see you later. Bye.
- 39. My man, Ry. Oh, shit.
- 40. How you feeling, man?
- 41. It's been too long. Been too long.
- 42. Things were hurting
with Neiman on the kits.
- 43. Come on, man.
- 44. - What?
- He's fine.
- 45. - If you say so. Good seeing you.
- 46. Yo, looking good.
- 47. - Hey.
- What's up?
- 48. - Good weekend?
- Yeah, real good.
- 49. - Yeah?
- Yeah. Lot of fun.
- 50. Nice.
- 51. Hey, don't worry about Greg.
Kid's a dick.
- 52. - No big deal.
- Good morning, everybody.
- 53. Good morning, everybody.
- 54. - Good morning.
- All right.
- 55. Let's do "Billy Zane" from the top, yes?
- 56. - How's that? Good?
- Little right.
- 57. - One, two, three...
- 58. Wait.
- 59. All right, let's do reeds, yeah?
- 60. - Three.
- Yo, Ryan.
- 61. Watch it.
- 62. Yeah.
- 63. Accent, yeah...
- 64. - Not today.
- Big on the bottom. Put some sugar on it.
- 65. You embarrass yourself
- 66. That was truly pathetic.
- 67. Shofl.
- 68. All right. All right.
- 69. That's enough of that. Just back
to the core drums, please.
- 70. Core players, let's go.
- 71. Dude,
what have you been practicing?
- 72. May I?
- 73. Cute.
- 74. Down the line.
Trumpets, bars seven and eight.
- 75. Three, four.
- 76. Three, four.
- 77. Okay. All right.
- 78. Trombone, bar 24. The and of two.
- 79. Maybe not.
- 80. Tenor, let's start the pickup to 11.
- 81. Three, four.
- 82. Same spot. Three, four.
- 83. Okay. All right.
- 84. You're in the first chair.
Let's see if it's because you're cute.
- 85. Three, four.
- 86. Yep. That's why.
- 87. Drums.
Let's hear a little double-time swing.
- 88. Behind.
- 89. Same thing.
- 90. Bass, five bars of "Donna Lee."
- 91. All right.
- 92. Drums, with me.
- 93. Thank you, Joe.
- 94. No, no, no. Other drums.
- 95. Room B-16 tomorrow morning,
6:00 a.m. Don't be late.
- 96. All right, everybody, from the top.
- 97. A-one, two, three...
- 98. - Hey.
- How are you?
- 99. - Good. How are you?
- Good, thanks.
- 100. Good.
- 101. - The usual? You want, like...?
- 102. Look, I don't really know how...
- 103. I see you in here a lot, and I think
that you're really pretty and...
- 104. Would you wanna go out with me
- 105. Please go away.
- 106. - Oh, God.
- Get out.
- 107. - I'm so sorry. I'm so sorry.
- I'm just messing with you.
- 108. - I'm messing with you.
- What? Oh, my God.
- 109. I'm sorry.
- 110. - That's actually pretty mean.
- That should've... I'm sorry.
- 111. I didn't mean to hurt your feelings.
- 112. - What's your name?
- It's okay. No big deal.
- 113. Oh, I'm Andrew.
- 114. - Andrew.
- 115. - I'm Nicole.
- Nice to meet you, Nicole.
- 116. Nice to meet you too.
- 117. - So you wanna take me out.
- I would love to take you out.
- 118. - Where do you wanna go?
- 119. - Pizza.
- 120. - I like pizza.
- Yeah, I know this great pizza place.
- 121. Cool. Okay, well...
- 122. I get off at 7 on Monday.
- 123. - Okay.
- You wanna meet here?
- 124. - Okay. Yeah. I will.
- 125. Great.
- 126. Okay. Seven o'clock?
- 127. - Here.
- At 7 p.m.
- 128. - Monday. Andrew.
- All right.
- 129. - Bye.
- 130. It's not that bad. She's a go-go dancer.
Could've did porn, she chose not to.
- 131. - That make it better?
- Yeah, little bit.
- 132. - That's classier.
- I can deal with that.
- 133. Bitch had a foot fetish or something.
- 134. - This is good.
- You get on that?
- 135. That's it.
- 136. You are fucking kidding me.
- 137. - You the new alternate?
- Yeah. I'm Andrew Neiman.
- 138. Tune the set to B-flat,
then turn my pages.
- 139. Sure.
- 140. Excuse me. Could I get a B-flat?
- 141. Thank you.
- 142. Sorry. Can you...? Just one more time?
- 143. That's a great kit.
- 144. I play the new cymbals now.
- 145. Milk the cunt!
- 146. We got a squeaker today, people.
- 147. Nineteen years old. Isn't he cute?
- 148. All right, gang, "Whiplash."
- 149. Page-Page!
- 150. Barker, that is not your boyfriend's dick.
Do not come early.
- 151. Bar 93.
- 152. Five, six, and...
- 153. Stop.
- 154. Now, this one really upsets me.
We have an out-of-tune player here.
- 155. Before I continue, would that player
care to identify himself?
- 156. No?
- 157. Okay, maybe a bug flew in my ear.
- 158. One-fifteen.
- 159. Five, six, and...
- 160. No. My ears are fine.
- 161. We definitely have
an out-of-tune player.
- 162. Whoever it is, this is your last chance.
- 163. And there it went.
- 164. Now, either you are deliberately
playing out of tune...
- 165. and sabotaging my band...
- 166. or you don't know
you're out of tune...
- 167. which I'm afraid is even worse.
- 168. Reeds.
- 169. Five, six, and...
- 170. Bones.
- 171. Five, six, and...
- 172. He's here.
- 173. Tell me it's not you, Elmer Fudd.
- 174. It's okay. Play.
- 175. Do you think you're out of tune?
- 176. There's no fucking Mars bar down there.
What are you looking at?
- 177. Look up here. Look at me.
- 178. Do you think you're out of tune?
- 179. Yes.
- 180. Then why the fuck didn't you say so?
- 181. I've carried your fat ass for too long.
- 182. I won't have you
cost us a competition...
- 183. because your mind's on a Happy Meal
instead of on pitch.
- 184. Jackson, congratulations,
you're fourth chair.
- 185. Metz, why are you still sitting there?
Get the fuck out!
- 186. For the record, Metz wasn't out of tune.
You were, Erickson.
- 187. But he didn't know...
- 188. and that's bad enough.
- 189. All right, take 10.
When we get back, the squeaker's on.
- 190. Two, two, three.
Two, two, three.
- 191. If he put half the effort
into playing the trombone...
- 192. Andrew.
- 193. - Parents musicians?
- 194. - What do they do?
- My dad's a writer.
- 195. What's he written?
- 196. I guess he's more of a teacher, really.
- 197. - College?
- Pennington High School.
- 198. - Your mother, what does she do?
- I don't know. She left when I was a baby.
- 199. No musicians in the family?
- 200. You just gotta listen
to the greats, then.
- 201. Buddy Rich, Jo Jones...
- 202. You know, Charlie Parker
- 203. because Jones threw a cymbal
at his head.
- 204. See what I'm saying?
- 205. Listen, the key is to just relax.
- 206. Don't worry about the numbers.
- 207. Don't worry about what
other guys are thinking.
- 208. You're here for a reason.
- 209. You believe that, right?
- 210. Yeah.
- 211. Say it.
- 212. I'm here for a reason.
- 213. Cool.
- 214. All right, man. Have fun.
- 215. All right, gang, "Whiplash."
- 216. A little under tempo, okay?
Neiman, just do your best.
- 217. Here we go.
- 218. Five, six, and...
- 219. Let's hear some fills.
- 220. We got Buddy Rich here.
- 221. A little trouble there.
Just pick it up at 17.
- 222. Ready?
- 223. Five, six, and...
- 224. Not quite my tempo.
- 225. Here we go.
- 226. Five, six, and...
- 227. Downbeat on 18. Okay? Here we go.
- 228. Five, six, and...
- 229. Bar 17, the and of four.
- 230. Got it?
- 231. Five, six, seven...
- 232. Not quite my tempo.
It's all good. No worries. Here we go.
- 233. Five, six, seven...
- 234. You're rushing. Here we go.
- 235. Five... Ready? Okay.
- 236. Five, six, and...
- 237. Dragging just a hair.
- 238. Wait for my cue.
- 239. Five, six, seven...
- 240. Rushing. Five, six, and...
- 241. Dragging. Five, six, and...
- 242. Why do you suppose I just hurled
a chair at your head, Neiman?
- 243. - I don't know.
- Sure you do.
- 244. - The tempo?
- Were you rushing or dragging?
- 245. I don't know.
- 246. - Start.
- Five, six, seven...
- 247. In four, damn it. Look at me.
- 248. One, two, three, four.
- 249. One, two, three, four.
One, two, three...
- 250. Now, was I rushing or was I dragging?
- 251. - I don't know.
- Count again.
- 252. One, two, three, four.
One, two, three, four.
- 253. - One, two, three, four.
- Rushing or dragging?
- 254. - Rushing.
- So you do know the difference.
- 255. If you deliberately sabotage my band...
- 256. I will fuck you like a pig.
- 257. Now, are you a rusher...
- 258. or are you a dragger...
- 259. or are you gonna be
on my fucking time?
- 260. I'm gonna be on your time.
- 261. - What does that say?
- "Quarter note equals 215."
- 262. - Count me a 215.
- One, two, three, four.
- 263. - One, two, three, four.
- Jesus Christ.
- 264. I didn't know they allowed retards. Am I to
understand that you cannot read tempo?
- 265. - Can you even read music? What's that?
- Eighth note.
- 266. - Yes. What is that?
- Dotted 16th note.
- 267. Sight-read measure 101.
- 268. What, are you in a fucking a cappella
group? Play the goddamn kit.
- 269. Stop. Now answer my question.
- 270. Were you rushing
or were you dragging?
- 271. - Answer!
- 272. Oh, my dear God.
- 273. Are you one of those
- 274. Do I look like a double fucking rainbow
to you? You must be upset.
- 275. - Are you upset?
- 276. No? So you just don't give a shit?
- 277. - I do give a shit.
- So are you upset? Yes or fucking no?
- 278. Yes, you are upset.
- 279. Yeah.
- 280. - Say it.
- I'm upset.
- 281. Say it so the whole band can hear you.
- 282. - I'm upset.
- 283. - I'm upset.
- 284. I'm upset.
- 285. You are a worthless, friendless,
faggot-lipped piece of shit...
- 286. whose Mommy left Daddy when she
figured out he wasn't Eugene O'Neill.
- 287. Who's now weeping and slobbering
all over my drum set...
- 288. like a fucking 9-year-old girl.
- 289. So for the final father-fucking time...
- 290. say it louder!
- I'm upset!
- 291. Carl.
- 292. Start practicing harder, Neiman.
- 293. "Whiplash," bar 125.
- 294. Big-boy tempo.
- 295. Five, six, and...
- 296. This place is nice.
- 297. Yeah. I really like the music
that they play.
- 298. - I mean, the food's good too, but...
- No, the pizza's really good.
- 299. "When I Wake."
- 300. - What?
- That's the name of the song.
- 301. Jackie Hill, July 17th, 1938.
- 302. Bob Ellis on the drums.
- 303. Every time I saw you at the theater,
your eyes were glued to the floor.
- 304. Really?
- 305. My dad says that I have...
I have trouble making eye contact.
- 306. My parents like to criticize me too.
- 307. Growing up, my mom said
I had a really big chin...
- 308. that's why guys wouldn't like me.
- 309. - Really? You don't.
- 310. Well, she said my dad cursed me
- 311. It's like Jay Leno. Look.
- 312. - No, it's not.
- Yeah, it is.
- 313. - I don't... I don't think so at all.
- Well, that's nice.
- 314. Your Chin's very nice. Very nice.
- 315. Your morn sounds insane.
- 316. She did wanna be an actress
when she was my age.
- 317. - What about you?
- What about me?
- 318. What do you do?
- 319. I go to Fordham.
- 320. What do you study?
- 321. I don't have a major yet.
- 322. - But, like, what do you want to study?
- I don't really know.
- 323. I don't know yet.
- 324. So Fordham
was just like a random school?
- 325. No, I applied to a bunch of schools,
Fordham let me in.
- 326. - Why'd you pick Shaffer?
- It's the best music school in the country.
- 327. Well, Fordham was Fordham.
- 328. I don't love it there, to be honest.
- 329. - No?
- 330. I...
- 331. I don't know. I guess it's just the people.
I don't know if they like me very much.
- 332. I'm from Arizona,
and I think they can see it.
- 333. - I feel the same about people at Shaffer.
- 334. Yeah. I don't think they like me
- 335. But I don't... I don't...
- 336. I don't care too much.
I think it just... It changes.
- 337. You know, people change
and things work out.
- 338. No, no, I know, I know.
- 339. I just...
- 340. I feel really homesick sometimes.
- 341. I don't know.
- 342. It kind of pisses me off
when people pretend like they're not.
- 343. In college, you know?
- 344. Maybe I'm literally the only one,
I don't know.
- 345. I still go to the movies with my dad.
- 346. - Hey. How are you, man?
- Good to see you.
- 347. And please, is this really Eva?
- 348. Last time I saw you,
you were very tiny.
- 349. Are you playing an instrument yet?
- 350. She started piano last week.
- 351. When you're a big college kid,
will you come play in my band?
- 352. - Would you like that?
- Be my piano player?
- 353. Excellent. Give me five, baby.
- 354. - All right. Great to see you.
- Great seeing you.
- 355. - See you after the show.
- 356. Cheers.
- 357. Listen up, Cocksuckers.
- 358. Hurry the fuck up. Get your music.
- 359. "Irene" only. Set one.
Rhythm section out first.
- 360. The kit is a fucking tonal catastrophe.
Get it in tune, all right?
- 361. Rhythm and soloists, bar 45.
- 362. We're gonna pick up the tempo.
- 363. Bar 106, brass, do not forget
we sharp that ninth.
- 364. Everybody remember,
Lincoln Center use these competitions...
- 365. to decide who they're interested in
and who they're not.
- 366. I'm not gonna have my reputation
in that department tarnished...
- 367. by a bunch of limp-dick, sour-note...
- 368. flatter-than-their-girlfriends,
flexible-tempo dips hits.
- 369. One more thing. Give me that.
- 370. If I ever find one of these
lying around again...
- 371. I swear to fucking God,
I will stop being so polite.
- 372. Get the fuck out of my sight
before I demolish you.
- 373. Stage right, in order, now.
- 374. I can still fucking see you, Mini-Me!
- 375. Let's go. Hurry the fuck up. Let's go.
- 376. The Shaffer Conservatory
- 377. Hold on to this for the second set.
- 378. He's dumb but he's not stupid.
- 379. At the end of the day, he wants a career,
as dumb as he is.
- 380. Fudd has a chance of getting put back in,
so why would he jeopardize that?
- 381. - I need to look at the music.
- It's right here.
- 382. - Why isn't it on you?
- Where's the folder?
- 383. - You're joking. You're fucking around?
- 384. I swear I had it here two seconds ago.
It's gotta be around here.
- 385. - Did you see...?
- How could you be so stupid?
- 386. - I know. Maybe a janitor came by.
- A janitor?
- 387. Find the fucking folder!
A fucking janitor?
- 388. You're a dumb fuck! A dumb fuck!
- 389. - Find the folder!
- Okay, I'm sorry.
- 390. Tanned
- 391. Jesus fucking Christ,
where have you been?
- 392. - We have an issue.
- Okay, now is not the time.
- 393. I gave Neiman the folder
and Neiman lost it.
- 394. - Neiman lost it.
- Yes, sir.
- 395. The folder was your responsibility.
- 396. Why would you give it to Neiman?
- 397. Give a calculator to a retard,
he's gonna turn on a TV with it.
- 398. - Get your sticks, get your ass on-stage.
- I... I can't.
- 399. You can't?
- 400. I... I can't go on-stage.
I don't know the charts by heart.
- 401. - Are you fucking kidding me?
- I... You know this.
- 402. I need the music.
It's my memory, I need visual cues.
- 403. - Visual cues.
- Yes. It's a medical...
- 404. A medical condition?
What, are you Sanjay Gupta?
- 405. Play the goddamn music.
- 406. - I can't.
- I can.
- 407. - You know "Whiplash" by heart?
- Yes. Every measure.
- 408. All right. Well, you better fucking hope
your memory doesn't fail you.
- 409. I hope you play it a lot better
than you did last month.
- 410. I do not intend to start losing.
- 411. Get your sticks and get your ass
- 412. And in first place...
- 413. Shaffer Conservatory.
- 414. Hey.
Don't fucking touch my folder, man.
- 415. Do not touch this kit.
- 416. All right, let's get to work, ladies.
- 417. Tanner, what you doing? It's core only.
I don't have time for alternates.
- 418. "Cherokee." From the top.
- 419. Tanner, are you a fucking statue?
Let's go. Get off the stool.
- 420. Don't forget to turn Neiman's pages.
Here we go.
- 421. One, two, three, four.
Two, two, three, four.
- 422. What did you do to your hand?
- 423. - Is that from drumming?
- Yeah. It's nothing.
- 424. So how's it going
with the Studio Band?
- 425. Good.
- 426. Yeah, I think he likes me more now.
- 427. And his opinion means a lot to you,
- 428. Yeah.
- 429. Wanna grab the shakers?
- 430. Jimbo? Overcooked.
- 431. You can barely chew this.
- 432. - He just laughs.
- So how's the drumming going, Andy?
- 433. Yeah, it's going really well.
I'm the new core drummer, so...
- 434. - Hey.
- 435. Torn Brady.
- 436. - Did you hear, Jim?
- No, what?
- 437. - Trav got named this year's MVP.
- That's fantastic, Travis.
- 438. Yeah, and Dustin is heading up
- 439. soon to be Rhodes Scholar
and who knows what else.
- 440. And Jim, teacher of the year.
- 441. - Well, hey, listen...
- I mean, come on.
- 442. The talent at this table,
that is stunning.
- 443. - And Andy, with your drumming.
- It's going okay, Andy?
- 444. Yeah, it's going really,
really well, actually.
- 445. I'm part of Shaffer's
top jazz orchestra...
- 446. which means
it's the best in the country.
- 447. And I'm a core member...
- 448. so I'll start playing in competitions.
- 449. I found out I'm the youngest person
in the band.
- 450. How do you know who wins in
a music competition? Isn't it subjective?
- 451. - No.
- Does the studio get you a job?
- 452. It's not an actual studio.
- 453. It's the name of the ensemble,
but it's a big step forward in my career.
- 454. I'm so glad you figured it out.
It's a nasty business, I am sure.
- 455. Hey, are you gonna tell them
about your game this week'?
- 456. - Living up to your title.
- I scored a 93-yard touchdown.
- 457. School record, school record.
- 458. - Is that true? That's fantastic.
- It's Division Three.
- 459. It's Carlton football. It's not even
Division Two, it's Division Three.
- 460. - You got any friends, Andy?
- 461. - Oh, why is that?
- I don't know. I never saw the use.
- 462. Who are you gonna play with otherwise?
Lennon and McCartney were buddies.
- 463. Charlie Parker didn't know anybody
till Jo Jones threw a cymbal at his head.
- 464. That's your idea of success?
- 465. Being the greatest musician of the 20th
century is anybody's idea of success.
- 466. Dying broke and drunk
and full of heroin...
- 467. at the age of 34
is not my idea of success.
- 468. I'd rather die drunk, broke at 34
and have people talk about me...
- 469. than live to be rich and sober at 90
and nobody remember who I was.
- 470. But your friends will remember you,
that's the point.
- 471. None of us were friends
with Charlie Parker. That's the point.
- 472. Travis and Dustin, they have plenty
of friends and plenty of purpose.
- 473. They'll make great
school board presidents.
- 474. You think you're better than us?
- 475. - Catch on quick. Are you in Model UN?
- I got a reply for you.
- 476. You think Carlton football is a joke?
Come play with us.
- 477. Four words you will never hear
from the NFL.
- 478. - Who wants dessert?
- Heard from Lincoln Center?
- 479. Okay, get out of here. Pick up the new
chart by the door on your way out.
- 480. Rehearsal 9 p.m. Sharp tonight.
That's how long you have to learn it.
- 481. Neiman. Stick around a minute.
- 482. See the tempo marking on there?
- 483. "Quarter note equals 330."
- 484. That is a double-time swing.
- 485. - That's what got you in here, right?
- Oh, yeah.
- 486. As fate would have it,
I recently stumbled across another kid...
- 487. in the practice room
working on his double-time swing.
- 488. So I'm gonna give him a shot.
- 489. - Am I late?
- Perfect timing.
- 490. Come on in, Connolly.
- 491. - You two know each other, right?
- Yeah, Nassau band.
- 492. What's up, Andrew?
- 493. I've made Neiman a temporary core,
but with this competition coming up...
- 494. I just wanna make very sure
this chart is in the best shape it can be.
- 495. Yeah, this one right here, right?
- 496. I gave Connolly the chart this morning.
- 497. All I wanna do is give you both
a crack at it, all right?
- 498. So, Neiman, go ahead,
jump on the kit, take it from the top.
- 499. Okay.
- 500. I don't want you to worry about hits now.
Just tempo, okay?
- 501. All set?
- 502. One, two...
- 503. Not quite my tempo. Connolly.
- 504. - I can take it from the top.
- Connolly, go ahead.
- 505. - I can do...
- No. We'll go with Connolly now.
- 506. Hey, do you mind?
- 507. Okay, man, ready?
- 508. One and two and...
- 509. - Perfect, Connolly.
- Oh, my God.
- 510. See, this to me
is the beauty of Studio Band.
- 511. You walk in here an alternate,
you could be the new core.
- 512. - Oh, my God, are you serious?
- 513. That shit?
- 514. Fletcher.
- 515. Thanks, man. Here you go.
- 516. Don't worry about Fletcher.
He's more bark than bite.
- 517. Hey, look, you...
I can play these charts.
- 518. - Now is not the time, I swear to God.
- I can play it, okay?
- 519. I said not now!
If you want the fucking part, earn it.
- 520. I'm just gonna lay it out there.
- 521. This is why I don't think
we should be together.
- 522. And I've thought about it a lot,
and this is what's gonna happen.
- 523. I'm gonna keep pursuing
what I'm pursuing.
- 524. Because I'm doing that,
it's gonna take up my time.
- 525. I'm not gonna be able
to spend time with you.
- 526. Even when I do,
I'm gonna be thinking about drumming.
- 527. About jazz, my charts. Because of that,
you're gonna start to resent me.
- 528. You're gonna tell me to ease up on
the drumming, spend more time with you.
- 529. I'm not gonna be able to do that. I'll start
to resent you for even asking me to stop.
- 530. We're just gonna start to hate each other.
It's gonna be ugly.
- 531. And so for those reasons...
- 532. I'd rather just, you know,
break it off clean.
- 533. Because I wanna be great.
- 534. And you're not?
- 535. I wanna be one of the greats.
- 536. And I would stop you from doing that?
- 537. Yeah.
- 538. You know I would stop you
from doing that?
- 539. You know that for a fact?
- 540. Yes.
- 541. And I'd barely see you anyway?
- 542. - Yeah.
- When I see you, you'd treat me like shit...
- 543. because I'm some girl
who doesn't know what she wants.
- 544. You have a path, you're going
to be great, I'm gonna be forgotten...
- 545. and you won't be able
to give me the time of day...
- 546. because you have bigger things
- 547. That's exactly my point.
- 548. What the fuck is wrong with you?
- 549. You're right.
We should not be dating.
- 550. I'm okay. Thanks.
- 551. Fuck! Fuck!
- 552. Fucking piece of shit!
- 553. Fuck you!
- 554. Fuck!
- 555. Fucking piece of shit! Come on!
- 556. Sorry, we have a new player.
- 557. I'm sorry.
- 558. Guys, just put your instruments
down for a minute.
- 559. Just listen for a minute.
- 560. Six years ago...
- 561. I came across a kid in a practice room
working on his scales.
- 562. He was early second year and he'd
started at Shaffer with a lot of hope.
- 563. Like all you guys.
- 564. But the truth was that he barely
squeaked in to begin with...
- 565. and he was really struggling.
- 566. The faculty were all telling him,
"Maybe this isn't for you."
- 567. But they didn't see what I saw.
- 568. This scared, skinny kid...
- 569. cursing himself
because he couldn't get his scales right.
- 570. I saw a drive in him.
- 571. And I put him in Studio Band.
- 572. And when he graduated...
- 573. Marsalis made him third trumpet
at Lincoln Center.
- 574. A year later, he was first.
- 575. That's who you're listening to now.
- 576. His name was Sean Casey.
- 577. I found out this morning...
- 578. that Sean...
- 579. died yesterday...
- 580. in a car accident.
- 581. And I just...
- 582. I wanted you guys to know
he was a beautiful player.
- 583. I just thought you should know.
- 584. I'm sorry.
- 585. Okay.
- 586. Let's get to work, huh?
How about "Caravan," bar 105?
- 587. Two bars for free.
- 588. One and two and...
- 589. It's not quite right, Connolly.
- 590. I'd like to try Neiman on this.
- 591. Maybe now's the time
for Neiman to earn the part.
- 592. One and two and...
- 593. Nope, I guess not. Tanner?
- 594. One and two and...
- 595. Motherfucker!
- 596. Connolly,
get your ass back on the kit.
- 597. We will stay here for as long as it takes
until one of you faggots can play in time.
- 598. One and two and...
- 599. Looks like that might be all night.
- 600. One and two and...
- 601. Not my fucking tempo!
- 602. Sorry, guys.
Hate to put you through this.
- 603. If you need to fucking take a dump
or get a coffee...
- 604. whatever,
now might be a good time.
- 605. We're gonna stay until I find a drummer
who can fucking play in time.
- 606. I apologize to the musicians.
- 607. Seriously, take 10, 20,
a fucking hour.
- 608. You hear me, Cocksuckers?
Better start shitting me perfect 400s.
- 609. Connolly, get your fucking ass
back on the kit.
- 610. Is that really the fastest you can play,
you worthless Hymie fuck?
- 611. No wonder Mommy ran out on you.
Get off the fucking kit.
- 612. And here comes Mr. Gay Pride
of the Upper West Side himself.
- 613. This is not a Bette Midler concert.
We will not be serving baked Alaska...
- 614. so just play faster
than you give hand jobs, will you?
- 615. One, two, one, two.
- 616. Not even fucking close.
- 617. Let's go with the Irish Mick
Paddy cracker now.
- 618. You know, you actually do look
quite a bit like a leprechaun.
- 619. I'm gonna start
calling you Flannery.
- 620. Get off!
- 621. What are you looking for?
There's no gold down there.
- 622. Adjusting the seat? Really?
- 623. That's been your problem
the whole time? The seat height?
- 624. So now you have it, right?
- 625. Go.
- 626. Bullshit! Fuck you!
- 627. Neiman.
- 628. Maybe it's time...
- 629. to finally bring this home.
What do you say?
- 630. Show me.
- 631. Don't slow down.
- 632. Pick it up.
- 633. Faster!
- 634. Faster!
- 635. Faster!
- 636. Faster!
- 637. Faster!
- 638. Keep playing!
- 639. Keep playing! Keep playing!
- 640. Don't stop.
- 641. Neiman...
- 642. you earned the part.
- 643. Alternates, you wanna clean
the blood off my drum set?
- 644. Okay, we can start now.
- 645. 5 p.m. Call tomorrow in Dunellen.
- 646. Give yourselves at least two hours
to get there this time, all right?
- 647. Save your travel receipts.
- 648. Or don't. I don't give a shit.
- 649. - Do you know where the cabs are?
- You gotta call the cabs.
- 650. - The cab was supposed to be here.
- You gotta call. They take forever.
- 651. How do I get to Hargrove?
- 652. Hey. Come on.
Please, come on. You're still open.
- 653. You're still open.
Come on. Come on. Come on.
- 654. Yeah, hello?
- 655. Neiman, where are you, man?
Call time was 5.
- 656. I know, I know.
I'm almost there. I'm right there.
- 657. - We 're on-stage in 20.
- I know.
- 658. - Fletcher's got Connolly warming up.
- God fucking da... Okay.
- 659. You just tell that little fucking redhead
I'll... I'm gonna be there, okay? Fuck.
- 660. Hey. Hey. Sorry I'm late.
- 661. Well, glad you could fit us
into your busy schedule, darling.
- 662. I'm sorry I'm late. I'm ready to go.
- 663. - Connolly's playing the part.
- Like fucking hell.
- 664. What the fuck did you say to me?
- 665. - It's my part.
- It's my part and I decide who to lend it to.
- 666. Usually it's somebody
that has fucking sticks.
- 667. I left them in the car.
I'll be right back. Five minutes.
- 668. I'm warming up the band now.
- 669. - I can use Ryan's sticks.
- Neiman, you lost the fucking part.
- 670. No, I didn't. You can't do this.
- 671. - Can't?
- 672. When did you become a fucking expert
on what I can do...
- 673. you fucking weepy-willow shit sack?
- I earned that part.
- 674. You never earned anything.
You are a self-righteous prick.
- 675. The only reason you're a fucking core
is because you misplaced a folder.
- 676. Only reason you're in Studio Band
to begin with is because I told you...
- 677. what I'd be asking for in Nassau.
- 678. - Am I wrong?
- 679. - I'm in Studio Band because I'm the best...
- Back off.
- 680. Hey, fuck off, Johnny Utah.
Turn my pages, bitch.
- 681. Hey. I can cut you
any fucking time I want.
- 682. - You would've cut me by now.
- Try me, you fucking weasel.
- 683. At 5:30, that's in exactly 11 minutes,
my band is on-stage.
- 684. If your ass is not on that stool
with your own sticks in hand...
- 685. or if you make one fucking mistake...
- 686. one, I will drum your ass
back to Nassau...
- 687. where you can turn pages
until you graduate or fucking drop out.
- 688. By the time you're done at Shaffer, you'll
make Daddy look like a success story.
- 689. Got it? Or we can let Johnny Utah
play the part.
- 690. - You choose.
- That's my part. I'll be on your stage.
- 691. - Fuck you.
- You got 10 minutes...
- 692. you fucking pathetic,
pansy-ass fruit fuck.
- 693. - Tell Fletcher I'm coming.
- What's taking you so long?
- 694. - We 're moving on-stage.
- I got locked in my car. I'm coming.
- 695. Left turn, 200 feet.
- 696. - Are you driving, man?
- 697. What the hell was that noise?
- 698. Okay, why don't you just tell Fletcher
that I'm coming, you motherfucker?
- 699. Hey. Hey, hey.
- 700. Are you okay? Are you okay?
- 701. - I gotta get my sticks.
- No, stay away from the car.
- 702. - I've called 911.
- Look, I gotta go.
- 703. - No, no, sir.
- A couple more blocks.
- 704. - Sir, no, you don't have to...
- Please get off me.
- 705. - Hey, guy.
- What the fuck happened to you?
- 706. The Shaffer Conservatory
- 707. Neiman, what the fuck?
- 708. Fuck.
- 709. Neiman...
- 710. you're done.
- 711. Gentlemen, ladies, I apologize...
- 712. on behalf of Shaffer Conservatory.
- 713. Piece of shit. I'll fucking kill you.
- 714. - Fuck you.
- Get the...
- 715. - Get the fuck off me.
- Get off me. Fuck off.
- 716. Fuck you.
- 717. Fuck you!
- 718. Fuck you, Fletcher! Fuck you!
- 719. Get off. Fuck. Piece of shit!
- 720. Fuck you!
- 721. - When did you start talking to her?
- Your father got in contact this week.
- 722. Does the name Sean Casey
mean anything to you?
- 723. You know of his death?
- 724. Last month, he hanged himself
in his apartment.
- 725. - What does that have to do with me?
- He suffered from anxiety and depression.
- 726. His mother claims this started
during his time as Fletcher's student.
- 727. Now, the Caseys aren't wealthy,
they don't wanna file suit.
- 728. So, what do they want?
- 729. To make sure Terence Fletcher is never
allowed to do this to another student.
- 730. Hey, Dad, look at my paradiddle.
- 731. Yeah, that's my boy.
- 732. - He didn't do anything.
- What is wrong with you? It's over, okay?
- 733. He's out of your life.
Why would you let him get away?
- 734. Would you characterize his conduct
as extreme, Andrew?
- 735. Did he ever intentionally inflict
- 736. This would not be a public hearing,
- 737. Fletcher would never know
it was you who spoke up.
- 738. Why would you do this to me?
- 739. Do you think that I would let him
put my son through hell...
- 740. and then just walk away soot-free?
- 741. Don't you know
I would never let that happen?
- 742. That there is nothing in the world
more important to me than you?
- 743. Don't you know that?
- 744. Andrew?
- 745. Andrew?
- 746. Just tell me what to say.
- 747. Hey-
- 748. I 'd give anything to be there again
- 749. I like weddings,
provided they're not mine.
- 750. Marriages are very healthy.
- 751. Married men live much longer
- 752. They're trying to outlive their wives
so they can be bachelors again.
- 753. - Haven't you thought of getting married?
- I did.
- 754. The young lady changed her mind
at the last moment.
- 755. I've been deeply indebted to her
- 756. And I loaded the pantry up
- 757. - Saw that.
- 758. All right.
- 759. Thanks.
- 760. Right on, man.
- 761. Andrew.
- 762. Hey-
- 763. I don't know if you heard.
- 764. I'm not at Shaffer anymore.
- 765. Yeah, I did hear that.
- 766. Did you quit?
- 767. Not exactly.
- 768. Some parents got a kid
from Sean Casey's year, I think...
- 769. to say some things about me.
- 770. Although why anybody
would have anything...
- 771. other than peaches and cream
to say about me is a mystery.
- 772. Yeah.
- 773. - That's a good laugh, right?
- I'm sorry.
- 774. - No, listen... I get it.
- I'm sorry.
- 775. I know I made enemies.
- 776. I'm conducting a little, though.
- 777. They brought back the JVC Fest
- 778. They got me opening
in a couple of weeks with a pro band.
- 779. That's great.
- 780. Yeah. It's all right.
- 781. Truth is,
I don't think people understood...
- 782. what it was I was doing at Shaffer.
- 783. I wasn't there to conduct.
- 784. Any fucking moron can wave his arms
and keep people in tempo.
- 785. I was there to push people
beyond what's expected of them.
- 786. I believe that is...
- 787. an absolute necessity.
- 788. Otherwise, we're depriving the world
of the next Louis Armstrong.
- 789. The next Charlie Parker.
- 790. I told you about how Charlie Parker
became Charlie Parker, right?
- 791. - Jo Jones threw a cymbal at his head.
- 792. Parker's a young kid,
pretty good on the sax.
- 793. Gets up to play at a cutting session,
and he fucks it up.
- 794. And Jones nearly decapitates him for it.
- 795. And he's laughed off-stage.
- 796. Cries himself to sleep that night,
but the next morning, what does he do?
- 797. He practices.
- 798. And he practices and he practices
with one goal in mind...
- 799. never to be laughed at again.
- 800. And a year later, he goes back to
the Reno and he steps up on that stage...
- 801. and plays the best motherfucking solo
the world has ever heard.
- 802. So imagine if Jones had just said:
- 803. "Well, that's okay, Charlie.
That was all right. Good job."
- 804. And then Charlie thinks to himself,
"Well, shit, I did do a pretty good job."
- 805. End of story.
- 806. No Bird.
- 807. That, to me, is an absolute tragedy.
- 808. But that's just
what the world wants now.
- 809. People wonder why jazz is dying.
- 810. I tell you, man,
and every Starbucks "jazz" album...
- 811. just proves my point, really.
- 812. There are no two words
in the English language more harmful...
- 813. than "good job."
- 814. But is there a line?
- 815. You know, maybe you go too far and
you discourage the next Charlie Parker...
- 816. from ever becoming Charlie Parker.
- No, man, no.
- 817. Because the next Charlie Parker
would never be discouraged.
- 818. Yeah.
- 819. The truth is, Andrew...
- 820. I never really had a Charlie Parker.
- 821. But I tried.
- 822. I actually fucking tried.
- 823. And that's more than most people
- 824. And I will never apologize
for how I tried.
- 825. I'll see you later.
- 826. Yeah.
- 827. Hey, Andrew. Listen, I have no idea
how you're gonna take this...
- 828. but the band I'm leading for JVC,
my drummer is not cutting it.
- 829. You understand what I'm saying?
- 830. No.
- 831. I'm using the Studio Band playlist.
- 832. You know, "Caravan,"Whiplash."
- 833. I need somebody
who really knows those charts.
- 834. What about Ryan Connolly?
- 835. All Connolly ever was to me
was incentive for you.
- 836. - Tanner?
- Tanner switched to premed.
- 837. I guess he got discouraged.
- 838. Hey-
- 839. Take the weekend. Think about it.
- 840. - Hello?
- Hey, Nicole, it's Andrew.
- 841. - Hi.
- 842. It's been a while since I talked to you.
- 843. Look, I...
- 844. I'm really sorry about everything.
- 845. I know that's not, you know, enough,
but I'm just really sorry.
- 846. But anyway, I got...
I actually have this show this weekend.
- 847. It's a...
- 848. Like, a JVC thing. And I didn't know
if maybe you'd wanna go...
- 849. and we, you know, maybe
get some, like, pizza afterwards...
- 850. and, like, complain
about our schools again.
- 851. What is...? You said Jayvees?
- 852. No, it's JVC.
- 853. It's like a... It's a jazz thing.
- 854. Yeah.
- 855. Oh, okay.
- 856. Well, I don't know if I can come. I...
I'll have to check with my boyfriend.
- 857. Okay.
- 858. Yeah.
- 859. Yeah, I'll check, but I don't know.
- 860. I don't really think he likes jazz music.
- 861. Yeah, I mean, it's not for everybody.
- 862. Okay. Well, I guess
maybe I'll see you guys there.
- 863. - Okay.
- 864. Bye.
- 865. All right, gang, listen up. Now,
for those of you who are new at this...
- 866. which looks like everybody except Cal,
tonight could change your life.
- 867. The folks out there make a phone call,
you could be a Blue Note signee...
- 868. an EMC client,
a Lincoln Center core.
- 869. On the other hand...
- 870. if you drop the ball, you might be
looking for a new line of work...
- 871. because the other thing
about these cats is they never forget.
- 872. We all set?
- 873. All right. Let's have fun.
- 874. You think I'm fucking stupid?
- 875. - What?
- I know it was you.
- 876. Thank you, ladies and gentlemen.
- 877. We're very excited to be here kicking off
the JVC Festival this year.
- 878. I'm Terence Fletcher, these are some
of the best musicians in New York...
- 879. which means they're some of the best
musicians in the world.
- 880. We're gonna do some old standards,
but we're gonna start with a new tune...
- 881. by Tim Simonec called "Upswingin'."
- 882. What the fuck you doing?
- 883. Come on, man.
- 884. Yeah, I guess maybe you don't have it.
- 885. That was a little extra avant-garde there
from the rhythm section.
- 886. Come on, let's go home.
- 887. What are you doing?
- 888. Now we're gonna slow it down
a little bit.
- 889. I'm guessing most of you folks
- 890. I'll cue you in.
- 891. "Caravan."
- 892. Three, four.
- 893. I'm gonna gouge out
your motherfucking eyes.
- 894. - Andrew, what are you doing, man?
- I'll cue you.