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 feel on the tune Noddin’ Your Head Blues by Charles Mingus. Kenji brought in a great harmony part the he wrote. It sounded great. Playing Green Dolphin Street and Lady Bird we went over the chord tones in quarter notes and eighth notes. We discussed key centers and the students identified the two five ones on the tunes. I gave them an assignment of thinking about an arrangement for Green Dolphin Street. Also, I asked the horn players to write more harmonies. It was a really productive class. Also, thanks to Andrea for subbing for me last week.