Featured Musician – Chris Cheek

Chris Cheek – Saxophonist Born in St. Louis, Missouri, Chris Cheek began playing the alto sax at the age of 12. Thanks to a strong public school music program and a highly supportive family, Chris had good educational and performance experiences from the very beginning. While attending Webster University, Chris played with a variety of […]

Simon Barker – About Music Lecture

Simon Barker – About Music Lecture – For over a century, drummers have been turning to a variety of percussive traditions as prompts for the creation of new expressive possibilities on the drumset. This talk will offer an overview of developmental processes and extended techniques one can explore in order to create an improvisational language […]

‘The Complete Musician’ – Paul Grabowsky

  This is an extract from a lecture entitled ‘The Complete Musician’, given at The Australian National University on the 14 October 2010 by Paul Grabowsky     ……..The language of Western music in the sense of classical music, simply is not enough to create the well rounded musician of the 21st century, a time in […]

What is Jazz?

What is jazz? Initially, for many reasons I shied away from using the word Jazz. It seemed to have been hijacked by so many different groups as being theirs that I lost sight of where the boundaries are and became even more confused. Consequently, it took a long time for me to decide the name […]

How Can I Learn to Play Jazz?

Many people strive to learn to play jazz. However it is probably worth asking the following question: What is Jazz? What is jazz? Initially, for many reasons I shied away from using the word Jazz. It seemed to have been hijacked by so many different groups as being theirs that I lost sight of where the […]