Leeds International Jazz Conference starts this Thursday

I have seen the future. It's here already. It's a vending machine where you can literally buy memory.

But for those of you in jazz whose brains remain sharp, there can only one place to be this week, and it is the 2010 Leeds International Jazz Conference, at Leeds College of Music.

+The theme is: Improvisation - Jazz in The Creative Moment

+The keynote speakers are the evergreen Dave Liebman who will run a practical session and perform in concert, and Professor Paul Berliner of Duke University, author of Thinking in Jazz: the Infinite Art of Improvisation (1994)

+The organizer is vocalist and academic Louise Gibbs (Go on, click it, she's got Detroit piano legend Kirk Lightsey and a black boa)

+This is the sixteenth annual conference. It is the leading academic jazz conference in the UK and it runs from Thursday 25 to Friday 26 March.

+Here are more details of the conference.

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