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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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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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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New transcription page added

Click here for new transcriptions: To start, Paul Desmond and Herbie Hancock, 2 exquisite improvisations on “Samba With Some Bar-B-Q”, modelling so many desirable qualities, in particular – space, development and variation.

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Jazz Education Research

Why research? In brief… The Jazz Education community possesses abundant subject matter, play-alongs and an unstoppable harvest of reissues and new music available through the internet. However, while educators are better resourced, informed discourse about teaching and learning is comparatively undeveloped. Click here for more… Jazz Education Research.

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