Practice Creativity through the Power of Limits

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


Give Musical Permission

Bringing out-of-the-box experiences to school music programs is one of the most...


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 Cure for Writer's Block

Writer's block plagues creative artists from all disciplines. If you feel...


How to Empower Fearless Improvisers in the Classroom

Most adults fear public speaking more than death, so we shouldn't be surprised...


New JazzClubsNW Improv Lab

I had a blast directing the inaugural JazzClubsNW Improv Lab at Boxley's. I led...


A Perfect 12 Measure Solo

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