The Tao of Jazz

Combining innovation, improvisation and collaboration, Jazz is the maverick that went mainstream. Philosopher Dr Julian Baggini explores the relationship between Jazz and philosophy and reveals what we can learn about how to live, just by listening a little closer.

In this inspiring exploration of The Tao of Jazz, you will get to grips with process, performance and spontaneity, accompanied by a live soundtrack performed by pianist Clive Dunstall and vocalist Juliet Russell; taking you on a dazzling, philosophical journey through music.

Baggini is an award winning author whose easy style encourages you to rethink everything from your identity (The Ego Trick), your free will (Freedom Regained) to the food that you eat (The Virtues of the Table). Baggini has written for the Guardian, the Financial Times, Prospect and the New Statesman, as well as for the Institute of Public Policy Research and Demos. He is editor-in-chief and co-founder of The Philosophers' Magazine. This is a man who knows his philosophy.

Juliet Russell is a singer, composer, choir leader and vocal coach. She co-founded the award-winning music company Sense of Sound and has performed with some of the UK's most innovative artists including Damon Albarn, Paloma Faith, Brian Eno, Seal and Imogen Heap and international artists such as Yoko Ono, A,R. Rahman and Jon Bon Jovi. A vocal coach on ITV's The Voice, she is passionate about working with individuals and communities to develop their voices and creativity. As a solo artist she has toured the UK and worked internationally in bands and ensembles.

A renowned Musical Director, producer and pianist, Clive Dunstall started his musical career playing trumpet and piano in the Royal Marines Band Service, travelling extensively throughout the world, often on board the Royal Yacht Britannia performing for Her Majesty The Queen and the Royal Family. Clive has performed, directed and been recorded for West End shows, orchestras, Big Bands, Jazz ensembles and in 2010 has performed and recorded for Sting with The Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra on his Symphonicities Tour. Clive is a music producer, working collaboratively with Nick Pugh at Session Corner studio, creating music for stage and screen. He is also the mastermind behind Voxtet vocal group.

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