new tunes

Back to some warmups involving the modes in major and scoped out the locrian natural 2, 6th mode of melodic minor. And we are learning the head of mingus classic reincarnation of a lovebird, an absolute masterpiece. Next is Reflections […]

tunes

Today we worked mostly on originals. Two tunes of Clement, one in 5/4 and one with a cycle of 3/4 4/4 3/4 5/4 plus a metric modulation. We also checked out T-leaf by Chris, a great melody. Next week back […]

My Foolish Heart

What does My Foolish Heart have in Blue Moon and Heart and Soul, and with many hits from the 1950’s such as Silhouettes on the Shade, Teen Angel, All I Have to Do Is Dream, Duke of Earl, Earth Angel, […]

More Airegin

Here’s a transcription of Grant Green’s solo on Airegin. And Craig Buhler dedicates a post on his website to a nice lick from Sonny Rollins’ solo on Aeiregin that can be used on any V7-Im, here.

Just friends in the West Coast?

In our last class we welcomed Shri who plays bass and sat in with us. There was an immediate connection with him and the students. We worked on Just Friends in the key of G. Shri had played it in […]

Anthropology, line 14

Check out this now-classic phrase from Parker’s Anthropology solo (line 14, Omnibook transcription), here, in all keys and with a play-along. Listen to the entire solo, here.

BEBOP WORKSHOP 02/22/2012

Today the Bebop Workshop started to work on Rhythm Changes! After our gig at Smalls we have been jamming for several weeks on famous standards of the Bebop era and now it’s time to focus on a new repertoire. Rhythm […]

Bird Like

This is the video of our class performing Freddie Hubbards’s “Birld Like” at Smalls.

Sing the Way you Speak!

This past session of the Jazz Vocal Workshop was super fun! I think we’re beginning to hit our stride as the students settle into the format and to their music. Plus we’re still growing, with another full house with a […]

half-diminished chords

I’ve been working on the exercises in “How Not to Suck at Half diminished Chords” on the Jazz Advice blog, so I don’t have to rely on my bag of memorized licks every time I see a IIm7b5. All the […]

Alice in Wonderland and Oleo

Here’s an harmonic analysis of mm. 1-8 of Alice in Wonderland and Bill Evans’ solo. Transcriptions of solos by Miles, Percy Heath (bass line) and Pat Martino on Oleo are here and Michael Brecker’s solo here (makes me want to […]

Noddin’ Your Head Blues

was so impressed with the students on how they were able to read through some new material. The horn players had to transpose and they did a wonderful job. We really focused on the triplet rhythm that propels the swing […]

www.jazzadvise.com

I’ve been reading articles on www.jazzadvice.com, which Marco turned me onto in a comment to an earlier post. The blog aims for the intermediate level jazz improviser. There are articles on virtually every aspect improvising, e.g., how to play to […]

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