Coming up for air – thank you for the music

I´ve been tussling with technology, and so before I put out the first chapter of “Play It by Ear” I want to thank some of the people who´ve helped me so much.  I´ve been lucky enough to have had some remarkable teachers: Harrison Birtwistle taking junior orchestra at my school, Frances Bradley teaching me the french horn, Colin Morgan the trumpet, and to have been able to attend jazz workshops and summer schools led by Ian Carr and Nucleus, Loose Tubes, Larry Willis.

I fell in love with the music of Miles Davis and John Coltrane, via l.p.s, as a teenager, and grew up when the Beatles exploded in the world of popular music, when soul music swept through England, when South African musicians arrived in London and blew us away, when Herbie Hancock and Chick Corea and Weather Report made their first appearances on this side of the Atlantic. I´ve had the chance to listen to many wonderful musicians play live. Above all, I feel an overwhelming gratitude to the musicians whose music, and whose generous attitude towards sharing the how, as well as the what, makes the world a livable place.

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music and English for tinies

I’m preparing a workshop with music and English, (for Spanish littleúns) and making use of play songs written by Paul Nordoff (composer) and Clive Robbins (lyrics). For one thing they´re enchanting, and for another, they make it very easy for the “teacher” by suggesting how to do them with the children.

Finding it hard to Blog

As I thought, I’ve found it hard to blog consistently – daily life is so engaging. I play trumpet in a streetband (again), and I’ve been writing parts for the brass so we can play Zorba’s dance, to show solidarity with people in the same boat. First time I’ve transcribed something for bouzouki to horns! Yes, I know Herb Alpert did, but he also had the help of a bouzouki section at intervals.