JAZZ PIANO WORKSHOP: Getting into Jazz, Blues and Improvisation

No previous experience of jazz necessary!

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author of Exploring Jazz Piano

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Hosted by Forsyth

Sunday 21 July 2019

2pm – 4pm

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Particularly suitable for piano teachers
but also open to intermediate and advanced pianists
(approx. Grade 4-5 and above)

0161 834 3281, ext. 204

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About the Workshop

Tim will cover some basic harmony and show how it can be applied to constructing bass lines and jazz chords. He'll also give tips to help with developing improv skills, using jazz standards and tunes from Improvising Blues Piano, Exploring Jazz Piano, Vol. 1 and Vol. 2, and his more recent books.

There will be free refreshments after the workshop, and all attendees will be eligible on the day for 15% off all titles by Tim Richards!

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Tim Richards

After classical piano lessons with EPTA founder Carola Grindea as a child, Tim Richards began to teach himself jazz and blues, inspired by his father's collection of 78 records by Duke Ellington, Django Reinhardt and Louis Armstrong. He has been a presence on the jazz scene since the early 1980s, touring throughout Europe and the UK with his bands Spirit LevelGreat Spirit and the Tim Richards Trio, and recording over a dozen albums featuring line-ups from duo to nine-piece. His latest album is Telegraph Hill by The Hextet, a six-piece band featuring Ed Jones (sax) and Dick Pearce (tpt).

His 1997 Schott publication Improvising Blues Piano has been widely acclaimed as setting a new standard in music education. The sequels Exploring Jazz Piano, Vol. 1 and Vol. 2 and Exploring Latin Piano have established him as one of the UK's foremost jazz educators. A recent collection of pieces for solo piano Blues, Boogie and Gospel Collection was reviewed on pianodao.com thus: "Not simply the best 'jazz piano' publication of the year, but probably the best of the decade so far."

Tim also works for ABRSM as a jazz examiner, contributing pieces to their jazz piano syllabus and teaching short courses for classical piano teachers. He currently teaches jazz piano privately, and at Morley College and The City Lit in London.

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