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Educational Blogs

How to solo on a jazz blues (Part 2 of 4)

HOW TO SOLO ON A JAZZ BLUES - PART 2 By Travis Jenkins, JMI lecturer (Guitar, Jazz Materials, Ensemble, Jazz Composition) In Part 1 of How to Solo on a Jazz Blues, we looked at using the melody and different formations of the major and minor blues scale to improvise...

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How to solo on a jazz blues (Part 1 of 4)

HOW TO SOLO ON A JAZZ BLUES - PART 1 By Travis Jenkins, JMI lecturer (Guitar, Jazz Materials, Ensemble, Jazz Composition) For most musicians who have had some experience with improvising, the blues form is already something they will be fairly familiar with.  The 12...

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Jazz voice: Navigating your own unique path

Jazz voice: Navigating your own unique path

Jazz voice: Navigating your own unique path By Charlotte Mclean, JMI Course Coordinator Like professional singers of any genre, Jazz singers work hard to hone their craft and find their own individual sound. But how does Jazz differ in practice and how does one find...

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Project Week at JMI: A week of exploration and growth

Project Week at JMI: A week of exploration and growth

At Jazz Music Institute, we believe in the power of immersion and exploration. Music isn't just about theory and practice; it's about the experiences, the journeys, and the stories that music can tell. This philosophy is beautifully encapsulated in our annual Project...

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A Week with the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra

A Week with the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra

JMI were very fortunate to spend an entire week with Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra from the 4th to 9th September, 2023. We're still buzzing from all the amazing experiences we had, so we thought what better way to do so than to share with...

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Talking JMI with Braden Hunter

Talking JMI with Braden Hunter

We had a quick chat with one of our current Bachelor students, Braden to discuss his experience thus far studying at JMI and how it has benefited him and his future as a musician. Braden lived regionally before moving to Brisbane to study and we are very grateful that...

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Chats with long-time friend of JMI, Brent Stanton

Chats with long-time friend of JMI, Brent Stanton

Originally from New Zealand, Brent Stanton now permanently resides in New York City, working in Film & Television, as well as Music. Brent has a wealth of knowledge to share. We wanted to take a walk down memory lane and learn more about Brent's journey as a...

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Five reasons why EVERY musician should study jazz

Five reasons why EVERY musician should study jazz

Every genre of music has the ability to teach us something new. But there is one genre of music that will not only teach you something new, but change the way you play music entirely — jazz, baby. Now we might be biased, but here at the Jazz Music Institute, we...

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Meet our newest Faculty member, Lee Brackenborough!

Meet our newest Faculty member, Lee Brackenborough!

We had a quick chat with our latest addition to the JMI Faculty, Lee Brackenborough! We are so pleased to announce that he starts a new adventure with us at the Jazz Music Institute as an Aural Ear Training Teacher. Lee was kind enough to share a bit of a background...

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Greg Quigley takes a trip down memory lane

Greg Quigley takes a trip down memory lane

We found a pile of old photographs and newspaper clippings from the 70s, 80s & 90s and showed them to JMI's Founder, Greg Quigley. What unfolded was a wonderful trip down memory lane over the earliest Summer Jazz Clinics in Australia and how Greg got 14 Americans...

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What is a ‘Pivot’ in Jazz Improvisation?

What is a ‘Pivot’ in Jazz Improvisation?

A JMI Educational Blog by Tyler Cooney For this educational blog, I’m going to discuss a simple but effective musical concept to instantly add some interest to your ideas as an improviser - a pivot. To explain what a pivot is, let's take a look at a normal Bb dominant...

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