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!
I love this video. If you haven’t seen it you have to check it out. How many musicians can you identify? Is this lick in your bag of tricks? It wasn’t in mine, but just for fun I used it several times tonight and it sounded good.
Here’s a video on learning jazz licks that really resonates with me. For a long time I collected music, loads of it, with the dream that some day I’d transcribe it and know tons of licks. I’d learn a cool lick but rapidly forget it because I was on to the next cool lick. I worried that life wasn’t long […]
Saxophonist and animator Allen Mezquida’s take on the jazz life….
This is just too cool. Recently, I came across a reference to a dissertation by Thomas Owens, “Charlie Parker: Techniques of Improvisation. Although obscure, it is considered by some to be the most comprehensive and in-depth analysis of Charlie Parker’s style. Owens transcribes 250 solos and extracts out 100 of the most used licks. I […]
Here is a video I found this morning of Esperanza Spaulding explaining the process of writing a song. I went off on a Esperanza tangent this morning after watching a DVR last night of her on a recent Austin City Limits. I won’t try to describe her music except to say that it’s unique, intelligent, […]
By Patrick Breiner I recently spent about 2 months on the East Coast playing music, crashing on couches, and drinking excessive amounts of Scotch (after experiencing Madison I couldn’t bring myself to pay $7 for a mediocre imported beer). Toward the end of my visit a good friend and exceptional guitar player, Ben, asked to […]
The other night I met with a friend who wanted to see what kinds of computer tools I use for learning and writing music. We spent most of our time on Band in a Box and Transcribe! Today I want to talk about Transcribe! because I use it daily and just got a foot pedal for it that makes it so much […]
I want to highlight this valuable blog for all you Madison jazz fans and musicians. David Valdez is a talented sax player transplanted from the east coast to the Portland area. His most recent post is an mp3 of a Michael Brecker masterclass. Just before that he posted several obscure fake books for download. In his archives you can find many other fake […]
Jazz & the Mind of the Improviser is the title of a 10-week course, taught by Mary Ann Stephenson and Jerry Sanders. The deadline for signing up is tomorrow! The course is taught over the lunch hour at the Downtown Senior Center and is open to all ages. Jerry is a musician and very experienced […]