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 […]

I’ve been reading articles on, 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 […]

Must-Know Jazz Songs

I’ve been thinking about what songs I’d like to concentrate on next, and that led me to look at some “must-know” song lists for jazz musicians. Here are a few. (categorized by “standards,” “jazz standards,” and “jazz blues” and […]