Online Jazz Appreciation Seminars

I am now offering online jazz appreciation seminars via Zoom. These are based on the series of lectures I gave at BYMT Jazz School in 2018 and have been tailored to fit the online format. 

 

These sessions are suitable for musicians
and non-musicians alike.

 

Sit back and enjoy an enlightening hour of listening and analysis as I present some of the greatest jazz recordings and artists of all time, providing background and context to the music. I will explain what to listen for, what makes these recordings so great and why they had the impact they did. 

These events are live online and include a 15min Q&A session at the end of each seminar. 

 

Sign up with your email address to receive the Zoom meeting link for each session, and a recommended listening Spotify playlist each week. 

Schedule

 

Thurs 7 May

8:15pm London
(3:15pm Eastern) (12:15pm Pacific) 

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Session 1 (£5.00)
So What
(Miles Davis - Kind of Blue 1959)

Discover what went into the making of one of the most influential recordings of the 20th century. Find out what were the influences and events that shaped this new development in music. 

 

 

Thurs 14 May

8:15pm London

(3:15pm Eastern) (12:15pm Pacific) 

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Session 2 (£5.00)
Blue Rondo A La Turk
(Dave Brubeck - Time Out 1959)

Can jazz be played in different time signatures? Not according to one DownBeat critic!  Discover the story behind the first jazz record to sell over 1 million copies.

 

 

Thurs 21 May

8:15pm London

(3:15pm Eastern) (12:15pm Pacific) 

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Session 3 (£5.00)
Congeniality
(Ornette Coleman - The Shape of Jazz To Come 1959)

The ultimate goal of free jazz is freedom of expression through free improvisation. Or as Ornette Coleman put it "A note don't have a style. Either you make something out of it or you don't". Sometimes free jazz can be challenging to listen to, and sometimes it’s supposed to be. But if you know what to listen for then it can be incredibly moving and emotive. I shall attempt to explain some of the mysteries to this amazing music. 

 

 

Thurs 28 May

8:15pm London

(3:15pm Eastern) (12:15pm Pacific) 

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Session 4 (£5.00)
Fables Of Faubus
(Charles Mingus - Ah Um 1959)

Highly provocative and as uncompromising as he was brilliant, Mingus makes a strong political statement with this incredible recording. Find out more about the story behind it and how Mingus refused to bow to the pressures put on him. 

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Testimonials

"Lessons with Buster are very inspiring, he makes you feel that anything is possible and he gives you the tools to set you up to try. When he is teaching you can tell he wants the very best for you. He always has interesting and varied material and he moves at a pace to suit your skill level. His experience and patience ensures that every lesson will be both enjoyable and rewarding. I have had some terrific lessons with him at workshops and will definitely be signing up for some of his online teaching."

Ann - tenor saxophone

 

"Buster is a patient and enthusiastic music teacher who gives structured lessons with practical examples supported by competent technical ICT delivery. I am an adult learner who appreciates his courtesy and professional support in my musical journey."

Peter Horah - tenor saxophone and flute

 

"I’ve studied with Buster for a few years now and he really makes clear what he is trying to convey. The other day I had an online lesson with him about tritone substitutions and for the first time, really understood how to see and apply them. It was a good feeling. I’m booking another lesson soon."

Gavrielle - guitar

 

"Have just had my first experience of online drum lessons with Buster, and I have to say I’m very impressed with the quality not just of the teaching, but of the set-up. The sound was good, and the view of the drum kit was very useful and clear. If you’re at all sceptical of online lessons, don’t be -
I was pleasantly surprised, and looking forward to my next lesson!"

Hilary Martin - drums

 

“I met Buster for the first time at one of his jazz workshops which I attended to develop my chromatic harmonica skills to include some jazz numbers into my performances. This was a new experience for me and as a first-timer I found Buster to be an extremely good teacher, with clear explanations and demonstrations of the scales and note progressions, for the tune we were learning that day. He was very encouraging to all the attendees, whatever their level of experience”

Ross Jacques - Chromatic Harmonica

 

"I have been going to Buster’s workshop sessions for some time now and his teaching skills are brilliant.  He somehow makes what is seemingly complicated, understandable and simple and, more to the point, as a saxophone player, his teaching gets the music coming out of my horn - no mean feat!  His knowledge of jazz is encyclopaedic and gives us students great understanding of how the music we are working on is constructed and developed by whichever jazz master we are studying.  Every workshop or lesson he gives is underpinned by clear, straightforward teaching materials. Buster is able to accommodate with great patience, whatever level a student is at and is very encouraging and supportive.  He also has a great sense of humour and an inexhaustible fund of stories and jokes!  I am definitely going to continue my musical learning during this period of “social distancing” with Buster’s online lessons.  Can’t recommend him highly enough!"

Lorrie Benwell - Tenor Sax

 

"As a drum teacher, Buster is able to communicate highly effectively about the history of music and how to interpret and play all styles including jazz and world music. As an experienced professional, Buster is able to give his students the tools they need to be musicians who can perform on stage and fulfil the role of the drummer in making everyone else in the band feel comfortable and sound good."

Tom Wiles - Drums

 

"I have had the pleasure of attending many of Buster's workshops. He explains jazz theory really well and his enthusiasm is infectious. I always come away feeling I've learnt a great deal - and had a lot of fun in the process."

Matt Male - tenor saxophone and flute

"Buster’s many years of professional playing and teaching all ages, make him a superb teacher. Whatever your abilities or difficulties, he has great techniques for progressing your skills and knowledge. His love and enthusiasm for music and music education combine with kindness, humour and patience to make every lesson a great experience."

Ian Rowe - Guitar and Piano

 

"Buster’s many years of professional playing and teaching all ages, make him a superb teacher. Whatever your abilities or difficulties, he has great techniques for progressing your skills and knowledge. His love and enthusiasm for music and music education combine with kindness, humour and patience to make every lesson a great experience."

Ian Rowe - Guitar and Piano

 

"I have been attending Buster's jazz workshops for a few years and was hooked from the start.  Buster is friendly and approachable and is able to support and coach a group of really mixed ability and personalities. He ensures that every student takes away something to work on and has had an uplifting and positive experience. Buster is unfailingly enthusiastic about his subject and communicates this to the whole group. His sessions have been the most enjoyable and useful I have been privileged to attend since I started to try jazz."

Wendy - piano

"Both my daughters have been taught drums and piano by Buster over the years. He is an absolutely inspiring teacher,  I wish he was around when I was learning to play drums. He is an incredibly empathetic teacher and always gets the best out of the sessions he delivers. Lately the online teaching has been a real godsend as we are all unable to meet at the moment. My daughter Isabella (15) is having weekly online piano lessons with Buster. These have been flawless and have gone without a hitch. Isabella has really enjoyed them and has made great progress. She is looking forward to being able to go back to the normal teaching methods, but the online sessions have been just as good as one to one lessons. I can highly recommend Buster he is an incredible musician and teacher."

Jason Dibley - Drums and Piano

 

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