-Addressing fundamentals – Reading, technique, and independence.
-How to practice
-Jazz basics – Styles, vocabulary, big band chart reading, form.
-Functioning in the Rhythm Section – Accompanying a soloist, time and feel.
I have found that focusing on fundamental skills is key to the development of a student. Many musical issues a student may have can often be traced to a skill or knowledge gap in areas such as reading, technique, and independence. Clearing up misconceptions and teaching how, as well as what, to practice are vital to the efficient development of skills. Then, with a solid base to work from, the student can more effectively assimilate new information while exploring the varied aspects of Jazz and Latin playing – styles, form, accompaniment, soloing, vocabulary, repertoire, et. al.
Drummer Jeff Brillinger has toured and recorded with many jazz greats including the Woody Herman Orchestra, Chet Baker, Stan Getz, Horace Silver, Chris Connor, Jackie Cain and Roy Kral, and Jack McDuff, appearing at major clubs and festivals in the U.S., Europe, and Japan. He studied at the Berklee College of Music in Boston where he appeared in jazz clubs with Clark Terry, Zoot Simms, Bob Brookmeyer, Mel Torme and Mose Allison among others.
Jeff currently lives in New York City where he is active on the jazz scene, performing and recording with many of the city’s best known musicians, including Ken Peplowski, Tom Harrell, Ron McClure, Andy Laverne, Jed Levy, Roger Rosenberg, Hod O’Brien and Joel Wieskopf.