Next Jam

Next up: Love for Sale

The jam continues to cruise along. On Sunday we had 17 jammers (including 4 from Middleton HS), an appreciative audience, and enough momentum to play until 7:30. The jam is consistently successful and to an outsider it might appear to be self-sustaining, on auto-pilot. Actually, it takes the coordinated effort of quite a few people to pull it off. One of the most important cogs in the machine is Michael Butkus-Bomier, otherwise known as Michael BB.

Michael writes the educational articles posted prior to each jam. Michael has a degree in composition, has written many tunes,  played in many bands, and taught many piano students. He is also an excellent writer and his articles are filled with insightful analysis and ideas for approaching particular songs or chord progressions.

At our next jam on August 17th the tune-of-the-week is “Love for Sale.” Make sure you read Michael’s article discussing SafeTones to play over the 1st two chords. It may take some time and effort to digest all the information packed into his articles but it is well worth it. The band is Darren Sterud – trombone/educator, John Christensen – bass, Doug White – piano, and Rodrigo Villanueva – drums.

Here are 2 videos with outstanding performances of “Love for Sale. We’ll take it at a nice swinging tempo closer to the Cannonball/Miles version.




Historical Spotlight


Jelly Roll Morton

The pianist Jelly Roll Morton is generally regarded as the first jazz composer and arranger. He was born Ferdinand Joseph Lamothe in New Orleans to a Créole family, and there are differing records of his date of birth. The two most commonly cited dates are … [Read More...]

Tune for August 17th

Michael B-B photo

SafeTones in “Love For Sale”

Love for Sale" has a longer song-form, bigger than any blues, and longer than most “show” tunes. It has four 16-bar sections, three of which are similar, if not exact repeats, and the bridge. The most interesting feature of the song is its opening section, … [Read More...]

Learning Jazz

Repeat yourself, repeat yourself

A music psychologist found that introducing random repetition into a piece of music makes it more appealing – and makes people think it was more likely to have been composed by a human being. This is an interesting study (especially the study design) and a … [Read More...]