The jam schedule listing band members and featured tunes through August has been posted. The theme for the next 4 months is songs by Thelonious Monk and Herbie Hancock. We’ll alternate from one session to the next. I won’t be writing up a new post prior to each jam anymore, only if there is something […]
We hope you can join us this Sunday, April 17th at the Rigby for our next jam. The band is Eric Koppa – sax , Matt Rodgers – bass, Doug White – keyboard, and John Lombardardo – drums. The featured tune is Charlie Parker’s, “Now’s The Time.” This is a blues in F concert and a common […]
In the lower right sidebar of this site are links to current articles from a few good jazz sites. The Jazz Advice site is especially good. After you’ve finished practicing for the day you might want to check out a few of these articles.
GrimmusiK | 12/07 – Music Workshop “CONVERSATION = IMPROVISATION” @ Madison Music Foundry Dec 12/07 @ Madison Music Foundry CONVERSATION = IMPROVISATION music improvisation workshop with BC Grimm Sundays 12-2pm “Breaking down the barriers & shifting the approach from the narrow field of ‘note/genre based’ improvisation, to the wide universe of ‘sound/conversation based’ exploration!” >> Update! We […]
Just a reminder, I have a 4-week improv workshop coming up (Saturdays 11-1 starting Oct 25th) and we still have openings with only a few days to go before the registration deadline. Here is the link: http://madisonmusicfoundry.com/education/programs/beyond-the-blues-scale-creative-strategies-for-jazz-improvisation Students can come out for all four sessions or any individual session or combination of days.
Michael BB will be teaching a new course at Madison Music Foundry this fall, “Jazz Improv Essentials.” Madison Music Foundry is also offering 3 other improvisation classes this fall, and a long list of other classes as well. Browse their fall 2014 classes.
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 good reminder to employ repetition in our improvisations.
Recent quote from jazz musician Matt Mitchell: “…the assumption that you can’t be creative until you’ve learned [scales] or [chords] or [30 Bird solos]…one thing I realize the more I teach — musicians at ANY level can ALWAYS be creative!
Working with Band in a Box and Jamie Aebersold recordings is helpful for learning jazz tunes and practicing improvising. Now a New Orleans start up appears to have developed the next best thing. If you have an Ipad and are a developing jazz musician the Tutti Music Player app might be worth checking out. If I had an Ipad I certainly […]
Sorry, we’re getting this notice up late. Even though the deadline has passed, we have word that they’re still accepting applications if you hurry and apply! Both workshops are performing on June 2nd at The Fountain. The Bluegrass Workshop will go first and the Jazz Workshop second, just prior to our jam.