Fifty Years!

Tomorrow marks fifty years (yep - 50!) of playing the Trumpet.

Also referred to as “the humiliating mistress” this instrument continues to humble me… each and every day. This makes me think of the comments by the late (and great) Dizzy Gillespie:

“Some days you put the Horn to your lips and every thing works - and you win. Other days you put the Horn to your lips and nothing works… the Horn wins. This goes on, and on… and on… and then you die. And the Horn Wins

Beautiful Dizzy X

eBook 4 available now in the ToKshop...

Harmony for Engineers. A simplified approach to the concepts and structures governing Diatonic Harmony. Vsn 1.1 now published with an extra chapter on Minor Scales structures and Harmony.

Special introductory price. Any purchaser receives a life-long free update to future versions and revisions. Head on over to the ToKshop

Yes, eBook #3 (Mixing Techniques) is still ongoing… as is the discipline of Mixing. But in the meantime :)

Bumper-Sticker Intellectuals

I noted a bumper sticker yesterday and likely my latest reading has contributed to my inability to let it go uncommented: 

”What caused the Big Bang? God spoke and it just happened.” 

Hmmm. I am going to emphatically suggest it was somewhat more complicated than that! 

the Jazz of Physics

the Jazz of Physics

FOMO HOMO

Weird and Fomo - Sapient Homo
Not the only strain
The race is on for fame

Click me Click me
How many Likes How many Likes

Western Educated Industrialised Rich and Democratic

That’s so WEIRD

FOMO HOMO Fear of Missing Out

FOMO HOMO Fear of Missing Out

Can you concentrate - For long enough

Have a conversation

Forget the distraction - No more infractions

Look me in the Eye

Western Educated Industrialised Rich and Democratic

That’s so WEIRD

FOMO HOMO Fear of Missing Out

FOMO HOMO

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the Beatnik Preachers...

2019 will see the launch, inaugural performances and recordings of my newly formed quartet, the Beatnik Preachers. A twist on Jazz and Beat Poetry combining my love for improvisation and the spoken word. The project is not an attempt to re-invent ‘the wheel’ but it is indeed fitting some White-Wall Tyres to the Jazz-mobile.

The project will be launched at a private event (invitation only) in late February 2019. The quartet features: Tony King (double bass), Robbie Mercer (drums), Joel Smithard (piano) and yours truly on Trumpet and Spoken Pictures (poetry).

the Beatnik Preachers - musically evocative, lyrically provocative… Stay tuned