Jazz Summer Schools

Yes, its about to start, another “silly season”, the Jazz Summer School season. Actually, many of us feel that this is a special and immensely valuable time for aspiring musicians to immerse themselves and experience the music in a concentrated fashion. It is my understanding that great British composers of the mid-twentieth century such asContinue reading “Jazz Summer Schools”

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The Silly Season (not the football season)

Footballer X has refused a £50,000-a-week salary plus a bonus payment of £500,000. Footballer Y is reputed to earn £250,000 a week. The teaching budget for all Arts and Humanities subjects within the University Sector is cut by 100%. I wonder who practices more, footballers or violinists, goalkeepers or pianists. No contest if England’s recentContinue reading “The Silly Season (not the football season)”

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A treasure… Bob Cornford

Do visit this website, dedicated to the late Robert (Bob) Cornford… click here. Besides being a tribute to one of Britain’s unsung artists, the site is an invaluable resource of British jazz from the late 1970s and early 1980s, music that was so influential for my own generation of musicians. I was lucky enough toContinue reading “A treasure… Bob Cornford”

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Shock, horror, Bill Evans records “Nardis” 41 times! (learning tunes properly…)

Shock horror – jazz genius recorded “Nardis” 41 times (as far as we know)… I wonder why? Perhaps he wanted to go deeper. I have heard many famous jazz musicians advocating the necessity to learn a lot of repertoire. Nameless esteemed artist number one recently encouraged students to know at least 100 tunes, while esteemed artist number twoContinue reading “Shock, horror, Bill Evans records “Nardis” 41 times! (learning tunes properly…)”

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