Special Olympic Season at Oliver’s in Greenwich

Special “Olympic Season” of gigs at Oliver’s in Greenwich, more details to follow shortly… July 27th Simon Purcell Quintet featuring Julian Siegel, Chris Batchelor, Gene Calderazzo and Steve Watts July 28th Simon Purcell Quintet featuring Julian Siegel, Chris Batchelor, Gene Calderazzo and Steve Watts July 29th Martin Speake Trio featuring Dave Green and Gene CalderazzoContinue reading “Special Olympic Season at Oliver’s in Greenwich”

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Thelonious Monk on How to Play Jazz

Everybody has their opinion about how to play the music. Monk was a one-off, a totally individual and realised artist, but he thought about it, in his own way too. This manuscript is freely available on the web (I found it at Sean Driscoll’s excellent blog¬†– check it out). Makes a change from chords andContinue reading “Thelonious Monk on How to Play Jazz”

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Sonny Rollins’ letter to Coleman Hawkins

Do read this, a touching letter from Sonny Rollins to Coleman Hawkins in 1962 (from the website www.jazzclef.com). The greatest players possess not only self-discipline and powers of concentration, but generally, great humility.

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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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