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 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 […]

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. http://tamingthesaxophone.com/jazz-repertoire.html (categorized by “standards,” “jazz standards,” and “jazz blues” and […]

January 30th Session – Hot House

We began the session by playing through Quasimodo which is one of the tunes performed at Smalls this past sunday. I was happy with the addition the vibraphone . I think it makes a big difference for the players to play […]

Jan 29 at Small’s

What a great afternoon we had at Small’s for our performance! It was really nice to finally meet the rest of the workshop students, and well as have all the teachers together. Our Hard Bop group played Quasimado, Byrd Like, […]

Live at Smalls – The New York Jazz Workshop

I thoroughly enjoyed the performances of the 5 groups that performed at Smalls Jazz club yesterday. The team work within the groups was stellar and everyone rose to the occasion of the performance. I realize playing in a classroom is […]