Our next jam is September 18th and the band is Ken Hoffman – sax, Doug Brown – guitar, Matt Rodgers – bass, and John Lombardo – drums. If you are a guitarist, take advantage of this opportunity to play without bringing your own amp. You can use Doug’s.
Our featured tune is Gershwin’s, “But Not For Me.” Let’s say you’ve listened to a number of recordings, memorized the head and changes, and can play a decent solo. What else is there to work on? Try to work out an ending. Some common endings are tags, vamps, and the A Train ending. One type of vamp involves looping a 2-5-3-6 progression. That ending works well on this song. Play the usual 2-5 cadence but land on 3 instead of 1. Then move to 6 and back to the 2-5. Loop as many times as desired and end with a clear ending idea. Confused? Listen to this version below by Stitt and Ammons and you’ll hear what I mean. These endings generate excitement in the listener and are fun for the musicians.