Our next jam is June 4th and features the stellar line-up of Dave Cooper – trumpet, Johannes Wallmann – keys, John Christensen – bass, and Rodrigo Villanueva – drums. Join us and listen and learn from Madison’s best jazz musicians.
Featured tunes for this week are Recordame, and Impressions. Recordame is a good vehicle for practicing 2-5-1 progressions that descend by whole steps, a common progression. I’ve found the entry into the melody after the intro and after solos can be tricky. Make sure you have that down.
Impressions is a modal tune with long stretches of sitting on a chord before changing. One of the challenges is keeping track of your place and knowing when the chords change. Thinking in 4 or 8 bar chunks helps. The form is AABA which means 24 continuous bars of Dm. A common mistake is skipping an A section and playing it ABA.
Lastly, I’ll be back running the jam at this session. Mike is taking the day off because his wife is expecting their 1st child in early June. He expects to be back on June 18. We’ll rotate jams for awhile until he is ready to do two a month again.