Blog Archives

Smoke Gets in Your Ears

or Being Yourself Interesting experience recently. I spent a fair bit of time working on live sound and recording for a band with another pianist (a really very good one), then went straight out to do a gig of my

Tagged with: , ,
Posted in c) Musicianship, e) Rants & Ramblings

This is Just a Four-Note Solo…

…built upon the same four notes, Other notes are bound to follow but not far from those four notes, Now the new notes are the consequence of the ones we’ve just been through, And you get more structure in your solo

Tagged with: , , ,
Posted in a) Soloing Scales & Modes

Pausing for Breath

Here’s another video. Apologies for writing less recently, but it’s that ho-ho-ho time of year and I’ve got other things on. Anyway, this video is a stone-cold classic. Here’s Bud Powell in Copenhagen doing Anthropology (not, as a friend of

Tagged with: , , , ,
Posted in a) Soloing Scales & Modes, c) Musicianship

The Secret of Jazz? Mathematics

Forget technical studies, listening to the greats, learning licks, advanced harmony, playing out, networking and “living the life”. Well, don’t forget them at all, actually. But those are the obvious bits, and there’s a very simple principle that most learners completely

Tagged with: , , , , ,
Posted in a) Soloing Scales & Modes, b) Harmony & Comping, c) Musicianship
Books for Sale
...appetising young books for sale...
Next Gig

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

Sat 29 July 9pm, £15 (£9 adv)
JLT with Ed Jones tenor

For London-wide jazz listings see