Back in the mix

After a small holiday break we are back on track and getting ready for the performance at smalls on the 29th. We warmed up with sight-singing diads, played through some ii V melodies in all keys, warmed up with the […]

Preparing for Smalls

On Saturday the students came back after a two week hiatus for the holidays. We started playing over F blues and worked on transposing the changes from Bb. Everyone soloed over the form along with trading four’s with Luke, our […]

Bebop workshop January 3rd 2012

In this first class of 2012 we focused on a nice arrangement of Night in Tunisia by Dizzy Gillespie and rehearse the horn backgrounds under the guitar and piano solos, to be sure that everything sounds good and thigh for […]

Dolphin Dance

This  week the Bebop Workshop worked on an arrangement of Dolphin Dance that will be played at Small’s, we spent a good hour on it reading all the charts and the second hour we played the rest of the tunes […]

Dec 20, ii V sequence.

We warmed up with two and three whole note interval eartraining, equivelant to major 3rds and sharp 4ths. From there we moved on to a ii V sequence through all keys, sightsinging, chordtones only. We explored different options how to […]

Dec 20, Two’s and Three’s

We had a very intensive class, working mostly on original material written by the students: a tune in 7/4, quarter notes and halftime, a tune with a cycle of 3/4 – 4/4 – 3/4 – 5/4 plus a metric modulation, […]

Arrangement on all Blues

Yesterday in the Standards Class the students came up with an arrangement on “All Blues.” It was great to hear all the ideas and then make a decision on  a cool intro and ending. I hope to do more of that […]

Quasimodo & Serpent’s Tooth

At our session yesterday we had a new drummer Eric Puente, and Mathew Mayers on saxophone along with the rest. We played Charlie Parker’s Quasimodo playing the head many times to really try to get a handle on it.  Of […]

The First Session

Mark Sherman and David In the first session we worked on Quasimodo by Charlie Parker, which is one of my favorite lines. We discussed how Bird used to take well known standards like Indiana and use the form and changes […]

Dec 13 workshop

We started with major and minor thirds, with special attention to descending from the third to the root. This was followed by sightsinging over a ii V I progression with emphasis on the melody-chord relationship. After this we put it […]

Dec. 13 workshop.

Another great class. We worked on 4:3, and payed special attention to always feeling the sixteenth as an undercurrent. From there we moved on to a metric modulation exercise, quarter note triplets equals quarter notes and back, dotted quarternotes equals […]

Dec.6, 2012 class

Another great class with the cats. We worked on the ride/bass relationship, explored a couple of originals written by the students and worked on a tune by Miles Okazaki who will do a Masterclass on January 31. His piece is […]

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