John is based in Edinburgh, Scotland, where, prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, his trio had a 12-year residency in the Shore Bar, Leith (Tues/Thur eves). He also teaches jazz piano. He was introduced to functional harmony (using Jerry Coker’s book Improvising Jazz), analysis and transcription by Chris Norton who was writing his Microjazz series for Boosey and Hawkes at the time.
During 2007, John helped Conrad Cork produce the latest version of his Harmony with LEGO bricks by reviewing the whole book in detail and contributing summaries of the main parts. In 2009, John published his own book about memorising jazz standard chord progressions which can be bought here: www.dropback.co.uk.
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