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Wayne McConnell

Jazz Piano Tutor

w.mcconnell@chi.ac.uk

Wayne McConnell is a sought after Jazz Pianist touring worldwide in a number of different bands.

He has worked and played with some of the who's who in jazz including: George Coleman, Ed Thigpen and Joe Locke as well as UK based jazz royalty: Tim Garland, Mick Hutton, Guy Barker, Alec Dankworth and others.

He studied with Jazz Messenger's Pianist James Williams and cites James along with Mulgrew Miller, Phineas Newborn, Herbie Hancock and Geoffrey Keezer as influences. He is director of Brighton Jazz School an independent music school dedicated to teaching jazz in the traditional way.

Wayne has been fortunate to have documented in-depth conversations with some of our leading improvisers in his monthly Podcast. Recent guests have been Gary Burton, Kurt Elling, Christian McBride, Joey Calderazzo and Brighton Jazz School Patron Geoffrey Keezer.

Wayne is dedicated to teaching and performing and manages to find time to tour with his regular trio and with a host of singers around the country and in Europe. He holds a B.A.(hons) and a Masters Degree in Performance Studies and has several published articles and books on Jazz Improvisation.