Daahoud

Daahoud

In the Bebop Workshop, we began working on Daahoud, a Clifford Brown tune (named after a friend of his). The song substitutes Eb- maj7 for the home key of Eb maj, which gives the song an exotic flavor. Here is […]

Back to Jazz School

back to jazz school

Back to Jazz School – Okay guys. I’m looking forward to all of us playing better—which means listening better and practicing more—and having another great “school” year. I’m excited. I took the 4-day NYJW Rhythm Workshop this summer with Tony […]

New York Jazz Workshop release 2013

NEW YORK, April 22, 2013 /PRNewswire-iReach/ — More than beach and barbeques, for jazz musicians around the world summer is the time to take their playing to the next level in the world capital of jazz, as the New York Jazz Workshop School […]

Newsletters Archive

newsletter archive

If you have missed one of the New York Jazz Workshop newsletters about our classes , events, concerts around town and other useful information you can find them here in our newsletters archive.

Lester Young

Lester Young

Born on August 27th 1909, Lester Young ( “Prez” )was one of the giants of the tenor saxophone.  In the swing era he staked his claim by being refreshingly different from his peers Coleman Hawkins and Ben Webster.  Young’s sound was dancing, […]

Jimmy Smith

Jazz organ never received the seismic shift it did before Jimmy Smith entered the scene.  Born  on December 8, 1925 (some sources report 1928) in Norristown, Pennsylvania, he singlehandedly changed the way an instrument was approached forever.  Smith joined his […]

Benny Goodman

Benny Goodman

Benny Goodman is one of swing’s most famous exponents. The rise to mass popularity, and his racially integrated bands are among his milestones. Born on May 30, 1909 in Chicago, Illinois, Goodman excelled at music from an early age. He […]

Tony Williams

Tony Williams

Very seldom in Jazz history have come musicians that singlehandedly change the course of the way their instruments are approached forever.  Only a handful of players have done so, and even fewer are teenage prodigies. Born on December 12th 1945, […]

Roy Eldridge

Roy Eldridge

Explosive, boisterous, competitive,  words that describe trumpeter Roy Eldridge.  Born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Eldridge was one of the most important trumpeters of his generation to emerge on the scene.  Part of the reason why he is so important is because […]

Count Basie

Count Basie

Through a six and half decade career William “Count” Basie exemplified the swing style in a powerful manner.  His bands would often play with the force of a Mack truck, and within a few measures quiet to a whisper.  Basie […]

Harry James

Harry James

Trumpeter Harry James was very popular with his mainstream sound.  James was born in Albany, Georgia and began his career by playing with the Ben Pollard group.  James then followed into Benny Goodman’s group and became a favorite for his […]

Art Tatum

Art Tatum

“God is in the house tonight” were the famous words uttered by pianist/composer extraordinaire Fats Waller on Art Tatum.  In Jazz history there have been few players with the imagination and more importantly technique, that astonished everyone who crossed his […]

Minority Arrangement

Marc Mommaas arrangement of Gigi Gryce’s Minority, written for the students of the theory and improvisation workshop. The arrangement includes parts for soprano saxophone, tenor1 and 2, and the rhythm section. Minority – Bariton Horn Minority – Soprano Sax Minority […]