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Playing Flat

A quick one for pianists – in particular, pianists who are fortunate enough to play on grands. Though not all grands are made equal… Okay, let’s admit it, we all read sometimes. Whether detailed arrangements, originals, things we “kinda know” or

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Booker’s Blues

All of us are always learning (well, hopefully most of us are…), but it’s not big-headed to take pride in what you do. Here’s a little parable (with apologies to Jorge Luis Borges). Imagine you’re walking down an enormous corridor in a

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Skeletal Comping

Confession time. I actually enjoy comping more than soloing. It’s like a fascinating, constantly shifting, multi-dimensional puzzle to solve, with no limit to the possible solutions but your own imagination. Co-operating is as important as leading. Playing not just the

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Gareth Lockrane with JLT Review

Thanks to Sammy Stein for writing this review/interview. On a corner of a main road in the busy, noisy borough of Kennington, London, sits an unassuming building, easy to walk past but turn in and you find yourself in the

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A Backstage Emergency in Fairytale Land

.. he Narrator has called the denizens of fairytale land together for urgent talks. He’s not in the best of moods. He casts a weary gaze around the green room and speaks. “Right, I’m told we’ve got a problem on

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A Musician’s Guide to Black Tie

Jazz musicians usually chafe against the whole idea of dress code, but for some gigs dems de rules. Since many musicians don’t really dress, they just add glue to their bathwater and run through a pile of laundry, I thought

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Augmented Sixths or Tritone Subs?

I was recently reminded of my dusty school days when someone asked me how jazz uses augmented sixth chords. Oh, I do so love these invitations to give a fag-packet explanation and get myself into trouble… I suppose the simplest

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Wednesday Gig/Jam


We play every Wednesday night, 9 to 12.30, at Toulouse Lautrec in Kennington, South London. It starts as a gig then becomes a jam. We welcome and accommodate all, but please do have a squizz at Thoughts from the Piano Chair of a Jam Session.
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June guest soloists
7 Sara Dowling voc
14 Ed Riches gtr
21 Duncan Eagles tenor
28 Tom Ridout tenor

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