Last week was great fun, as we had Jeff Ballard in Conservatoire as a guest artist. I was lucky enough to be in one of the groups he coached. Together with John Hirst (drums), Matt Findlay (Bass), Elliot Drew (Alto sax), Tom Baxter (Trombone), Doug Mcmillan (Guitar) and Dave Ferris (piano), we worked together with Jeff on three tunes, a Peter Bernstein tune called Jive Coffee, a Dave Ferris tune called Europa, and one of my own tunes called Tallinn. It was a great few days, with a showcase concert. Jeff’s truly inspiring, and it’s great to have had the chance to have him as a teacher/coach!