Teacher don’t teach me no nonsense

Jazz education is a fraught subject. If you think people get passionate about styles of music, wait until you encounter the emotions that surround different ways of teaching and learning jazz. The role of jazz theory is particularly controversial.
I thought the discussions at a local jazz education conference, held in Brighton earlier this year, were civilised, intelligent and illuminating, with lessons for the wider world.
See if you agree. My report of the conference appeared in the February 2017 issue (download PDF 8.8MB) of Sussex Jazz Magazine (website). Besides being the local jazz bible, the free magazine is a good monthly read, even if you live as far afield as Bournemouth, Croydon or Easter Island.

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Sunset at the seafront is one good excuse for coming to Brighton. Hearing, playing and learning jazz are others.

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