Jazz education is front and centre of my mind for much of this month - including leading a session on jazz at Warwick School on Sunday 10th March. The more young musicians I can persuade to even just occasionally play their instrument without reading from written notes (i.e. improvise!), the happier I'll be!
I'm very much looking forward to seeing the Cheltenham Jazz Festival again in May - particularly the charismatic baritone of Gregory Porter. For fans of more contemporary jazz, I'm enjoying Gogo Penguin's album Fanfares, and they sound like a group that would be brilliant live so I'll be checking them out.
Happy New Year everybody! Looking forward to plenty of great music-making in 2013.
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I'm happy to say you can now check out the audio from my Lunchtime Concert at Warwick Arts Centre last month - have a listen on the projects page. I'd love to hear what you think about the recordings, so do send me some comments by any method you like - and criticism is as welcome as praise!
If there's any cool music out there you reckon people should hear, then send it my way - and hopefully my Twitter feed will do the same for you.
A great combination of playing and seeing gigs this month - and most importantly the first chance to hear my trio for a while! My Lunchtime Concert at The University of Warwick is 1pm on Thursday 15th November. There's a page on the Warwick Uni website for the concert series here, and as promised there will be more dates coming soon.
I write this the day after seeing the fantastic Snarky Puppy live again, this time in Coventry. If you get the chance to see them on their UK tour, do it - their feel and groove is unlike anything I've ever seen in person.
And what better way to stick a cherry on top of November than to see the piano wizard that is Brad Mehldau live for the first time. A totally different jazz vibe but just as exciting.
After a good break, I'm back writing, playing and teaching (though not necessarily in that order). Click the teaching link above if you're interested in piano, jazz piano or saxophone lessons in the Midlands.
The main aim over the next couple of months is to get some live dates around the Midlands - you can stay updated here, or on twitter @tomlindsaymusic.
The first live date I can announce is a Lunchtime Concert at The University of Warwick - 1pm, Thursday 15th November. More info soon, and more dates for those of you that can't get to a concert on a Thursday lunchtime!
Gig playing takes the mantle from gig watching this month, with all sorts of events and a couple of student balls (always great fun!) to play at.
After a lot of preparation, I'll be recording a video singing with the State 51 Swing Orchestra - there's simply no better feeling than being backed by a 17-piece Sinatra style Big Band, and the buzz will be even greater with the camera rolling! Watch this space for that...
This month I enjoyed Cheltenham Jazz Festival, unbelievably for the first time. Two main highlights - Chris Potter's beautifully orchestrated suite Song For Anyone, with the added bonus that the band was made up of friends from Birmingham Conservatoire, and Liam Noble - always inventive and spontaneous - performing all new material with his quintet.
Then when you're on the waiting list at one of the evening jam sessions, it's always nice when Chris Potter steps up to play at the same time you do...
Seen some fantastic live music over the last couple of weeks. Tower of Power were as energetic and soulful as I could have imagined, and just when it couldn't get any better, Snarky Puppy took tight and funky to a new level.
The degree of detail in Snarky Puppy's material, their attention to how the music feels above all else, and the understanding between their musicians are all truly things to aspire to. They ran workshops in the daytime, so we were lucky enough to gain a glimpse into the way the incredible machine works, not to mention play with the band itself in a jam session.
Their keenness to share music and inspire other musicians said it all - great performers and great guys. A good place to start is their track Skate U - on YouTube here.
Looking forward to seeing some great gigs over the next month or so - highlights are Tower of Power and Snarky Puppy. Check both groups out if you've not heard of them, awesomely funky, in different ways.
Teaching has really taken over my time the last couple of months! If you're interested in jazz piano or saxophone lessons in the Midlands, drop me a line at email@example.com.
I am still writing for a groove-based, funky, horn-driven group, and I'm getting there slowly. It's really bizarre spending three days a week teaching rules and applications of 'functional harmony', then the rest of the time desperately trying to restrain myself from using those very same rules in original material...
After some great fun with The Groovitive at Warwick Students' Union a few days ago, I'm generally winding down for Christmas. I'm very much looking forward to starting a new job teaching jazz piano in a secondary school in Warwickshire in January - spreading the joy to the next generation!
I've mixed up a sample of the recordings I did with the The Callum Roxburgh Orchestra a couple of months ago - check out the projects page to listen. No piano (which I do usually play with them) but it is me on the vocals.
Very busy over the last month! Quite apart from settling into a new house (it's getting there...), I'm very pleased with the new photos and recordings for my party band The Groovitive. We're excited to be playing alongside Warwick Uni Big Band at Warwick Students' Union in December.
Taking on more and more pupils as a jazz piano teacher (in the Midlands area where I'm based) - do get in touch if you're interested.
Otherwise it's more practice and more writing from now until Christmas - hoping to have a good programme of material ready to run some public gigs in the new year. Look out for those!
If you've been here before, you might notice that it's now Tom Lindsay Music rather than Tom Lindsay Jazz. I've changed it to reflect the fact that what I do encompasses plenty more than just jazz music, particularly the way the word jazz is widely understood.
The changes are mostly cosmetic, though I've also added a few samples to the Live Music for Events page, with more to come in the next few weeks.
I'm also still waiting on those recordings I did with Funktional and The Callum Roxburgh Orchestra so I can add them to the projects page. Sometimes these things take a while...
The last few months have seen plenty of gigs (mainly non-public function events, otherwise I'd have publicised them here!), and a lot of time spent writing new material.
It's been a slow process, but I've got some new tunes in the bank ready to rehearse, record and gig, as well as a lot of quarter or half-finished ones.
As well as all that, the last couple of months have seen me recording with Funktional and The Callum Roxburgh Orchestra. When the respective sound engineers for those groups have done their mixing and mastering wizardry, you'll be able to hear the tracks on the projects page.
I'm planning to spend the next couple of months writing more original material and new arrangements for my trio (which might grow by a few members). All the details will go up here as they happen, but if history has taught me anything it's that writing original material takes me a while...
Thursday 17th March 2011
Live at Back Room Jazz
George IV Pub, Lichfield
The first outing of my brand new trio, live at the Back Room Jazz Club at the George IV Pub in Lichfield. I'll be on piano and vocals, with fellow Birmingham Conservatoire musicians Dan Casimir and Ric Yarborough on bass and drums respectively.
We'll be playing my arrangements of all sorts of tunes, from jazz standards, some less well-known material, and even some arrangements of tunes you probably won't be expecting...
Featuring support from The Tom Baxter Band.
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