Tony Levin – sad news

The great drummer Tony Levin died yesterday (February 3rd). My impression was that Tony was one of the first drummers in the UK to have understood and developed Elvin’s thing if not the first). While these days we can access transcriptions and videos effortlessly, it is easy to ignore the pioneering work of the BritishContinue reading “Tony Levin – sad news”

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Paul Desmond, a master mind and wit: some thoughts for a New Year

A poet of the music, Paul Desmond was both self-deprecating and deeply insightful. This medley of quotes might tickle and provoke us… “I tried practicing for a few weeks and ended up playing too fast… I have won several prizes as the world’s slowest alto player, as well as a special award in 1961 forContinue reading “Paul Desmond, a master mind and wit: some thoughts for a New Year”

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The Improvisational Brain – new article

Musicians and students are prone to a bit ranting as to whether or not the analogy with language acquisition is appropriate.

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The Curriculum – all that is taught and learnt…

The Curriculum – all that is taught and learnt… Core and hidden… Planned and received… Formal and informal…   Can we have an informed debate please? We find ourselves in an historic time when education is about to the redefined by the course of political determination, we would be well advised to be mindful ofContinue reading “The Curriculum – all that is taught and learnt…”

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Simon Purcell 5tet @ London Jazz Festival – November 19th

SIMON PURCELL QUINTET – London Jazz Festival on Friday 19th November 2010 The quintet (with Chris Batchelor, Julian Siegel, Gene Calderazzo and Steve Watts) will be performing at the free stage in the Royal Festival Hall from 1 – 2pm on Friday November 19th.

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