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Willie Thomas and Not-Quite-Pentatonics

Hullo jazz fans. Apologies for the radio silence, I’ve been driving myself nuts on a film project. I’ve found time for a little bit of teaching too, and I’m always on the lookout for new approaches – some just click

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Faking It

I don’t just mean “faking” harmony in the jazz sense, but rather more generally. Got involved in a little discussion recently about how to play complex cross-rhythms over at Adam Neely’s YT channel. When presented with something like 3s on

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Posted in c) Musicianship, e) Rants & Ramblings

A Soundbuzz

“Part of being a performer is that failure becomes a part of your existence. Your day-to-day routine is failure with the remote possibility of success.” Samantha Bee A recent Forbes magazine quote of the day apparently – and I think

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A Little Ear Music

A couple of weeks ago I sat in on a sort of cocktail request gig and somebody wanted Hotel California “with the guitar bits”. Never actually done that on the piano before, strange to tell, but I had a little

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SE Confidential

Nice writeup just been published at Something Else (click for full interview). Life, the jazziverse and everything… “I first saw Jason Lyon at Brasserie Toulouse Lautrec in London. I had gone to see Gareth Lochrane on flutes, as he was

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The Life of 3.1415926… Musicians

Time for another ramble down memory lane. I used to co-run a full-blooded salsa band, and co-running is a great idea as long as you’ve got a good relationship and great open coms between you. In fact, running anything larger

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We’ve Run Out of Jam

Our Wednesday marathon is now run. To morrow to fresh Woods, and Pastures new (we’re uncouth swains).

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Next Gig

We play every month at Toulouse Lautrec in Kennington, South London.

Fri Oct 27th 9pm, £15 (£9 adv)
JLT feat the Fishwick brothers tpt & dms 

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