Posts By: Jackson Hardaker

NYC Jazz Record Best of 2015


The January edition of The New York City Jazz Record is out, and I’ve been fortunate enough to have Watering Can included in their Best of 2015 segment, in the debut albums category! You can find a digital copy online via their website (where you can also get heaps of archived copies of the magazine!) or jump… Read more »

Round Midnight as played by Richie Beirach


A few years ago, I decided to transcribe this track in order to find out what Richie Beirach was doing with the harmony of Round Midnight. I find Monk’s tunes to be highly robust and adaptable, and it was fascinating to hear a take on one of his most frequently played tunes which played hard… Read more »

In A Sentimental Mood as played by Hank Jones

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Hank Jones is one of my favourite pianists to study and transcribe. He has such mastery over a vast array of harmonic language, that you can find fantastic examples of so many different sounds in his playing. His performance of In A Sentimental Mood (from the album: Solo 1976 A Tribute to Duke Ellington) exemplifies… Read more »

Something Completely Different: Spicy Beer Pickles

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Lately, I’ve been getting more and more into cooking. I’ve always enjoyed it, and often found very pleasing parallels between music and food. I also love spicy beer pickles! Such as… Learning the basic fundamentals/techniques. Initially sticking closely to charts/recipes. Developing enough technique and taste/musicality to elaborate on, and embellish existing recipes. Taking what is provided to… Read more »

Crowd-funding for Watering Can

As you likely know (seeing as you’re on my website), a wee while ago I got my arse into gear and recorded my very first album. I’m now happy to announce that I’ve just launched a Hatchfund crowd-funding campaign, in order to finish it up! Follow the link to read all about the project, the… Read more »

Debut Record (Watering Can)

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Finally. After a fair old period of writing, organising, rehearsing, and plotting, my debut record (tentatively named “Watering Can”) has been recorded, and the finishing touches are in the works. Thanks to The Bunker Studio (and engineer Aaron Nevezie), the musical talents Syberen van Munster (guitar), Nico Dann (drums), Lorenzo Kim Sandi (bass), this record of entirely original music is… Read more »



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