What is this thing called… jazz? In this studious piece for the Jazz Breakfast blog, pianist Steve Tromans offers some deep thoughts on the definition of jazz. Have you ever realised that jazz effectively functions as a research method? Musicians (and researchers) take existing material and assimilate it with their original thoughts to create new (musical) ideas. Take some time to read the article (it’s not a quick read!) and you’ll find some fascinating stuff on not only the nature of jazz performance, but performance and music history more generally. I particularly like his Miles Davis example, which highlights the classic problem with trying to define an evolving art form… As well as being a great pianist and composer, Steve has a doctorate in this stuff, and will be writing a monthly series for the Jazz Breakfast.