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Fall in love with the bebop the lingua franca of modern jazz with Sean Conly

Bebop Summer Intensive hosted by New York Jazz Workshop

Someone might come across this listing for a bebop workshop, who might be new to playing jazz and think “This sounds exciting, I want to learn bebop, but what is it?”  Bebop quite simply, is the lingua franca of modern jazz. Developed in the 1940’s through jam sessions at Minton’s Playhouse, and was unleashed on the world by Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, Bud Powell, Thelonious Monk and others.  Bebop (or bop) remains decades later the lingua franca of modern jazz vocabulary, and signaled a shift from jazz as a popular music from the swing era to something more abstract. Sean Conly’s weekly bebop workshop will familiarize students with the inner workings of what makes this so essential to performing jazz.

Taught by veteran bassist Conly and taught at New York Jazz Workshop at 265 W. 37th street (on the corner of 37th st and 8th avenue) and conveniently located by Penn Station, the goal of the bebop workshop, open to intermediates is to play as much as possible. Bop concepts such as advanced harmony, how to play as a band, and interaction between all instruments are explored. Enduring classics from the likes of Monk, Powell, and Sonny Rollins will be analyzed.  Students will be able to learn in an environment conducive to addressing strengths as well as honing weaknesses to make them stronger.

Today’s musicians require a diverse skillset for multiple genres. The New York Jazz Workshop offers many classes, intensives, private lessons in several boroughs: Manhattan and Brooklyn, as well as Europe. Great musicianship knows no borders or genre.