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On listening to Shearing and Don Thompson

I was listening to a CD of George Shearing in duet with bassist Don Thompson recorded in the 80″s at Shearing’s home. I was impressed by the quality of the music and the beautifully nuanced sheen of Shearing’s piano sound in both impressionistic solo ballads and medium up bebop tunes. The music was complete and […]

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I am now “legendary”

An ex-student of mine wrote in his publiclity blurb that he had studied with the “legendary” Richard Whiteman. That’s a bit of a reach, but I’ll accept it.

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Learning a second instrument in adulthood

Not much to say really. Learn the bio-mechanics of good technique and start practicing,”The slow way is the fast way,” as one pedagogue once said. Buy that instrument and get to work.

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Anatoly Lyadov(Liadov)

This Russian composer of the late 19th century wrote some lovely piano music, mostly short pieces. Many are very beautiful. On YouTube listen to versions of his Prelude Opus 57 #1 and his bminor Prelude OP. 11. Very exquisite stuff. Tell me what you think.

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Time please!

I need time to practice bass and piano, sight-read new music, listen to music, study scores,  transcribe solos, jam, read books, rehearse, teach for money, and do gigs. … and a life outside music.   Time please!    

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Yulianna Avdeeva, Chopin and Dang Thai Son

I have been enjoying filmed performances on You Tube of contestants in the 2010 International Chopin competition, particularly those of the winner Yulianna Avdeeva. Aside  from the brilliant athleticism of her playing, Avdeeva gets a huge range of colour out of the Yamaha, confirming my belief that the piano is a universe in itself. If […]

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Get off yo’ ass and hear some live music!

My colleagues and I would far rather perform music than get paid to talk about it. Your attendance at live shows guarantees the continuance of the music. There are  jazz gigs going on around town all the time in all kinds of places.  Check these venues out even if you have to drive 20 minutes […]

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