A healthly dose of dissonance – Garzone hits London

At long last, George Garzone has recently performed and led various masterclasses in London. Its great to hear the American masters of line, and in particular guys like Garzone and Liebman who challenge our tolerance of dissonance. Of course we have our own harmonic Merlins (check out Jean Toussaint’s harmonic concept, Julian Siegel, Phil Robson,Continue reading “A healthly dose of dissonance – Garzone hits London”

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Another sad loss – Pete King

Peter King, the longterm business partner of Ronnie Scott, dies aged 80. Both Ronnie and Pete were incredibly kind to me, on one occasion Pete paying me twice for a night at the club because “you need the bread son”. The great British drummer Tony Levin told me that this wasn’t uncommon and that behindContinue reading “Another sad loss – Pete King”

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Jeff Clyne RIP

The great British bass player Jeff Clyne passed away on November 18th at the age of 72. A key figure in British jazz for over 40 years (appearing on recordings such as Stan Tracey’s Under Milk Wood, Tubby Hayes’100% Proof and albums by Ian Carr’s Nucleus) Jeff was much loved for his kindness and gentleContinue reading “Jeff Clyne RIP”

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Videos, broadcasts and podcasts

Some videos, interviews, broadcasts added… the marvellous Marian McPartland Piano Jazz programmes, interviews with Coltrane, Lester Young and Liebman, plus some practice advice from Joe Lovano and Steve Coleman. Click here…

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Second degrees: there’s no going back – article in the Guardian

New rules on second degrees make it too expensive for most people to have a career change – see Anne Wollenberg’s article in the Guardian (Tuesday 3 November 2009). The implications here are serious for music students). So much for lifelong learning!

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