Paul Read: Reflections

paulread Thoughts from founding director Paul Read.


Terry Promane: Give Me Five

Terry Promane offers advice on arranging on the International Society of Jazz Arrangers & Composers Artist’s Blog.


Achieving Mediocrity

mediocrity_web_log5Francis Smith calls your attention to the following tips from for achieving (or avoiding) mediocrity.
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Transcription Tips From Dylan Bell

Vocalist, multi-instrumentalist, composer and producer Dylan Bell is earning his Masters Degree at U of T Jazz. In this post, Dylan shares some tips for transcribing.
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Dave Liebman on Jazz Education

By Dave Liebman
Question:What values does a jazz education offer beyond the music itself?
     Artists have always had a supply and demand problem. Since time immemorial there have been more people with creative ideas than an audience to communicate them to, especially if the art demands more than a cursory attention span. In the current world of  jazz education, the situation vis a vis graduating more and more of the most equipped musicians in history (every year more so) in stark contrast to the scarcity of  paid performance and recording opportunities has assumed epic disproportion. To deny this would be like ignoring global warming. Serious educators are and should be concerned. Discussions on the subject are sometimes uncomfortable, but are nonetheless taking place worldwide. Notwithstanding that this situation might differ in degree from country to country or even regionally (all trends have their own natural ebb and flow), it is incumbent that responsible educators address this issue. Read more »

Thoughts on Jazz Education

(Dave Liebman speaking to students and teachers at the IASJ Meeting in Graz)

Written by Ronan Guilfoyle from the blog Mostly Music.

Thoughts on Jazz Education, Art, Craft, and Entitlement

I’ve spent the past week at the International Association of Schools of Jazz annual meeting in Graz in Austria. I’ve written before about what goes on at the IASJ meetings and what a buzz it is, and this year was no exception. Last year it was in Brazil, and this year in Austria so naturally the vibe of the location was quite different, but the camaraderie of the musicians – teachers and students alike – was as strong as ever. At a time when institutionalised jazz education as an idea is again under scrutiny, it was interesting and thought provoking to be part of this meeting and once again my feelings on the positive benefits of jazz education were both confirmed and reinforced. Read more »

What Should We Play?

Every jazz school seems to have certain tunes that are popular calls at jam sessions. Bassist Marika Galea has compiled a fascinating school-by-school list:
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Achieving Hand Independence-Part 1

By Chris Donnelly

Achieving hand independence is one of a pianist’s top priorities; it’s a common pursuit among students. It’s also one of the easiest to attain; hand independence requires only two things: Structured Exercises and Practice.
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