"Again, I think your position here is pretty shaky. " . . . "Eva didn't say you can be creative without some theory. but memorizing chord changes is not 'advanced' music theory." K
Chord changes are Music Theory . . . simple or advanced. However, a simple I- IV- V Blues/Rock progression is not the same progression as required in say Rogers and Hart's "My Funny Valentine" which contains m11, m6/9, M/m7(b13),m7(b5), M7, and M9 chords. These are not familiar chords to an unschooled Rocker and the testament is just ask any guitar banger to memorize these chords and come back in a year and the response will likely be . . . "Hey, Man . . . forget the chords . . . I just can't feel 'em." However, if you're a complete novice, I'll teach you to play a 1/1V/V Blues/Rock progression in 5 minutes on a cardboard guitar from China that will wow your family and friends and could get you an express booking at your local coffee house. Guaranteed! So, describe music theory as you wish but there is a huge leap of consciousness required to play Jazz and one's knowledge of Music Theory.
"Again, knowing chord progressions is not advanced theory, its just memorization. And in the example you give, knowing how to transpose into all 12 keys isn't necessary. If a singer wants to sing, but says "I can only sing it in F#, but not F or G" you politely tell them to get the hell off the stage. What kind of singer can't sing within a half-step of their preferred key? And once you learn the basic concept of transposing, its just a matter of working by yourself to learn how to do it. I don't see any need for advanced instruction on how to transpose, either formal or informal." K
No and No.
"You may not like free jazz, and that's fine, but you need to demonstrate that there is "rarely a connection between the music and the improvisation. " K
Sun Ra, Archie Shepp, Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians, etc. who are/were Free Jazzers are not in the same bowl of soup as later Coltrane, Monk, Mingus, Eric Dolphy, Ornette Coleman who I do not consider Free Jazzers but more Avante Garde. The difference is in the music. One of the few concerts I walked out of in Joe Segal's Jazz Showcase in Chicago was Sun Ra. That's when they dressed in costumes of animals, trees, lizards and played the worst cacophony I ever heard in my life. I guess I'm not hip. And, by the way, if you could ever find a connection for any musical foundation in the "music" I heard that night, I'd buy you a ballpark Frank at Wrigley Field with all the "fixins."
"As Abraham Lincoln said "don't believe everything you read on the internet." K
I wholeheartedly agree and perhaps, in future conversations of this sort, my statements/knowledge will be more obvious since there are things competent musicians know that a non-musician/ dilettante doesn't. I suppose it's just how you view the basket of apples. For me, they've been on my table for the last 60 years. However, your statement smacks of real Truth on the internet. Cheers!