The Function of an Artist: three goals for a more productive and successful creative life

In a 1971 issue of Down Beat, Chick Corea wrote an engaging and thought-provoking column entitled ‘The Function of An Artist’. In this column, he argues that:

“A true artist is a dreamer. He creates something out of nothing. He is free in his own universe, molding and remolding his evaluations of the elements of life with a serious playfulness pointing to worlds not yet lived or realized — or maybe these worlds were once a reality since destroyed, and are now being recreated anew.”

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The quiet decline of music in British schools: Total eclipse of the arts…

While snowed in the other week (and by ‘snowed in’ I mean just staying inside because it looked cold outside) I came across this article, and these are my, albeit brief, thoughts:

A decline in music in schools means a decline in the quantity and quality of audiences and musical outputs, irrespective of the context. Continue reading “The quiet decline of music in British schools: Total eclipse of the arts…”

Jazz jam sessions: an ego-driven “cutting contest”, a platform for forging creative relationships, or a bit of both?

The below is an article I wrote for the 2017 Writtle and Chelmsford Jazz and Blues Festival:

In many respects, the history of jazz jam sessions is the history of jazz. The creative—and often competitive—environment fostered in jam sessions from the 1920s onwards is inextricably linked to the development of the music. Continue reading “Jazz jam sessions: an ego-driven “cutting contest”, a platform for forging creative relationships, or a bit of both?”