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Life is improvisation, improvisation is life.
I am starting a Patreon page, where I will be sharing tutorial videos based on this simple principle.
If you become a patron, you will be able to access exclusive content - 2 or 3 videos per month, which any musician, regardless of style and level, can benefit from. 
Here is a short video presentation:

Jean-Michel is Associate Professor of Jazz at the Schulich School of Music of McGill University in Montreal, QC, Canada.

Jean-Michel's McGill Page

Jean-Michel on starting afresh in Montreal and at McGill (Press Article)


Anatomie du standard "All The Things You Are"

Extrait 1 / Extrait 2


1. Improvisational Fluency - Learning the language of music, jazz and improvisation.


2. Improvised Storytelling


Paper version
eBook (iTunes)
eBook (Amazon Kindle)
eBook (Google Play)

Jean-Michel Pilc is currently one of the most innovative pianists in jazz. His expressions of form sometimes are the equal of extended classical pieces. His imagination is limitless. And now we are fortunate to have a book by him, an accounting that gives us a bit of insight into where this all came from, but more importantly, how we can tap into that same brilliant stream that lies within us all.
~ Kenny Werner
Jean-Michel Pilc touches on the core of that which is unquantifiable in great art making in this masterwork. Every page is filled with language that beautifully describes the invisible process of spontaneous improvisation. This work has the potential to break down all sorts of barriers in the world of music education and liberate those that struggle with the limits of their own knowledge I know that my perspective on improvisation, both as an improviser and teacher, is reenergized and forever changed after reading this magical book.
- Larry Koonse, guitarist, CA Institute of the Arts Faculty

This book is an exceptional work - there is no other like it - truly amazing.
- Joey Sellers, composer, trombonist, Director of Jazz Studies at Saddleback College, CA

Note from the Publisher:
 Self-taught jazz pianist and composer, Jean-Michel Pilc, writes on the expressive aspect of improvisation based on the premise that originality in art is a matter of expressing one’s own uniqueness.  He draws examples emphasizing the primacy of feeling spanning from classical music to jazz, and describes simple and essential exercises based on physicality that will help students and professionals alike to tap into his or her own stream of creativity. Written in an engaging and conversational style, the reader will be drawn into the mind of one of the most unique and imaginative jazz artists living today.

Glen Lyon Books PO Box 856 Montrose California 91021 -
Paperback: 241 pages
Publisher: Glen Lyon Books
Language: English
ISBN-13: 978-0985903909
Product Dimensions: 7 x 10 inches
Shipping Weight: 1lb 2oz



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Jean-Michel Pilc is available as guest artist and for clinics & masterclasses in universities, colleges, festivals.
He is also offering private lessons in NYC and also on SKYPE (piano, jazz & impro for all instruments; individual or small groups).
Contact us if interested.

For a foretaste, you can check below an excerpt of a recent educational video for (you can buy it there and watch more excerpts on Jean-Michel's YouTube Educational Channel).

This video got some nice ***** Amazon reviews