Category: Improv Column

1 February 2017

Improv Column: Wayne McConnell – Jazz Theory Sells

    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 […]

1 June 2016

Improv Column: Out Playing by Wayne McConnell

    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 […]

1 April 2016

Improv Column: Wayne McConnell – Starting Out In Jazz

    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 […]

1 February 2016

Improv Column: Wayne McConnell on Flying With Lieb

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 […]

1 December 2015

Improv Column: Wayne McConnell – Jazz Theory?

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 […]

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