Words of Wisdom from Thelonious Monk and Steve Lacy

Follow your appetite. By running away from something, you are running toward...


Practice Creativity through the Power of Limits

"I believe creativity comes from limits, not freedom." This is not a quote about...


3 Entry Points for Jazz Improvisation

The late, great trumpeter Clark Terry (a featured soloist in both the Basie and...


The Status Quo and the Purpose of Theory

Yesterday's post, Where Jazz Theory Got it Wrong expanded my audience from a...


Where Jazz Theory Got It Wrong

The status quo of jazz education has transformed songbook standards into bizarre...


Stack Your Jazz Ensemble with Soloists

If you struggle with teaching jazz improvisation in the classroom, you are not...


A Perfect 12 Measure Solo

The intimate musical relationship between vocalist Billie Holiday and...


Learn Jazz Through Process, Not Rules

The people who only follow the rules – we don’t wind up knowing who they...


How to Improvise Variations on a Theme

A theme and variations approach engages new improvisers and provides endless...