“Human history becomes more and more a race between education and catastrophe”. H. G. Wells

“Human history becomes more and more a race between education and catastrophe”, so said H. G. Wells. Is Education no longer a human right, or a visible symptom of a mature society? In the face of impending and stringent cuts in education (as well as all public services), it is worth remembering that many people continueContinue reading ““Human history becomes more and more a race between education and catastrophe”. H. G. Wells”

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Simon Purcell Quintet at Ronnie Scott’s – June 4th and 5th

Simon Purcell’s Quintet will be appearing at Ronnie Scott’s Club on June 4th and 5th, opposite the great guitarist Alan Holdsworth (click here for Ronnie’s website). The band with Chris Batchelor (trpt), Julian Siegel (saxes), Gene Calderazzo (dms) and Mike Janisch (bass) will be playing some new material, so do come down.

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Man making a difference

Cleveland Watkiss is a man making a difference. It is some time since Cleveland’s birthday gig at the Queen Elisabeth Hall in November 2009, which brought together 40 musicians from across the generations, peer groups and genres. A devout believer in musical multiculturalism, and innovation informed by the traditions, it is worth watching this musician’sContinue reading “Man making a difference”

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British Jazz – Pause for Thought

The sad passing of Jeff Clyne, Peter King, John Dankworth and recently, Ken Baldock represents a distancing of the eras of jazz in Britain. It is worth considering the achievements of the pioneering jazz musicians in the post-war years, establishing bebop first-hand, producing several generations of formidable artists who, petty international jealousies aside, could hold theirContinue reading “British Jazz – Pause for Thought”

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Swinging in 7 is hard – Ronan’s point.

There’s a lot of hot air and conflicting opinion amongst jazz musicians and within the music colleges regarding playing and improvising in odd metres. At last there are some wise and measured thoughts in Ronan Guilfoyle’s excellent blog. Check out his recent post “Whatever Happened to Odd Metre Swing?“

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