On Wednesday 18th of January Brighton Jazz School held their Jazz Education Conference in association with the South Coast Jazz Festival. I invited Julian Nicholas, Claire Martin and Geoff Simkins to give short presentations on varying aspects of jazz education. It really was a fantastic day full of very insightful perspectives. Julian’s talk was […]
Out playing is all about playing against the harmony. Its playing the 'wrong' notes at the right time. Out playing isn't just random, it still must have all of the melodic content of inside playing such as development of ideas, rhythmic interest, space etc. It must say something. So if out playing is not […]
Download Terry Seabrook's Jazz Tip No. 26 here.
In order to play jazz, one has to master the basic elements of music. Apologies if that seems like a very basic statement. This article is aimed at those who are just starting out in jazz, or people who are thinking about starting. I strongly advise you to not invest in a pile of […]
Improv: The Jazz Education Section Terry Seabrook’s Jazz Tip no. 25 Creating a Jazz Piano Arrangement – left hand piano voicings: shells and Autumn Leaves The most straight forward way for a jazz pianist to play is to place the tune or improvised melody in the right hand (upper region) and the chordal […]
Wayne McConnell discusses his recent experience performing with saxophonist Dave Liebman. I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t nervous about doing this gig. Having listened to Dave Liebman’s music for a number of years, one gets the impression that this guy does not mess about! Well, I can report that he indeed does […]
Terry Seabrook’s Jazz tip of the month No. 24 Some short cuts for scales and modes In order to improvise in jazz the subject of scales and modes as a tool is usually the first stop for study. It’s very obvious to think of all the modes in jazz as deriving from parent scales […]
Wayne McConnell on Jazz Theory? I don’t usually do this but this article might seem like a plug for something I’ve been working on over the summer and well, I guess it is. But it will benefit any budding beginner jazz improviser. I spent most of the summer writing a book to help […]