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March 1, 2011
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March 2010

March 25, 2010

Bari Woodwind Synthetic Reeds Bari Woodwind Supplies adds two new strengths, medium hard (3.5-4.0) and medium soft (2.5 -3.0), to its synthetic composite reed line. Bari synthetic reeds come in two varieties: Bari Original which projects a clear, vibrant sound and Bari Star, which translates a warm and dark sound. Both Star and Original are […]

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Melodic Embellishment and Ornamentation in Jazz

March 24, 2010

In the last issue of JAZZed, I discussed techniques of melodic development in jazz improvisation for the benefit of the aspiring jazz musician. These included repetition and sequence, plus repetition and sequence in altered forms such as rhythmic diminution, intervallic diminution, rhythmic augmentation, intervallic augmentation, fragmentation, complete melodic alteration, rhythmic shift, retrograde, melodic inversion, retrograde […]

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Learn a Jazz Tune in Three Steps

1. Melody From an accurate lead sheet, play through the melody from three to 10 times with a metronome set to a medium tempo. After you find yourself playing the song while not really reading the notes anymore, turn the sheet over and play it again from memory. If you make a mistake, just continue […]

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Billy Cobham: The Musician as a Student

Throughout his storied career, Billy Cobham has constantly been one of the most innovative and influential drummers in the world of jazz. Scratch that Billy Cobham is one of the most innovative and influential drummers in the world, period. In 1968, while on tour with Horace Silver, Cobham played one of the first ever Electronic […]

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New Notable Music Releases for March 2010

All dates are subject to change February 2 Sheryl Bailey A New Promise [MCG] Acker Bilk Legrand [Phantom] Barry Finnerty Blues For Trane [Pony] Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis Portrait of Seven Shades [Jazz at Lincoln Center] Dave King Indelicate [Sunny Side] Ralph Lalama Quartet The Audience [Mighty Quinn] Zoe Schwarz Rob […]

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Ali Jackson

A prodigious talent since childhood, Ali Jackson is one of jazz’s premier drummers, as well as a leading advocate of jazz/music education. A long list of credits includes performances and recordings with the likes of Aretha Franklin, George Benson, Wynton Marsalis, Joshua Redmond, and many others. Currently the drummer for the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, […]

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Those Who Can Do, Teach

March 2, 2010

David is not only a giant in terms of awards, books, and honors, but is a true jazz legend and brilliant teacher. The saying, “those who can’t do, teach” does not apply to Baker or even his own mentors. Baker has studied with some of the greatest jazz legends, including J.J. Johnson, Bob Brookmeyer, George […]

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Jazz Curriculum Approval: An Insider’s Look

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January 2010

December 1 Build An Ark Love PT. 1 [Kindred Spirits] Dave Halls Burning Time [Phantom] Lee Konitz Tranquility [Verve] Amanda Martinez Amor [Phantom] Salah Ragab and The Cairo Jazz Band Egyptian Jazz [Kindred Spirits] Art Sherrod Jr. Seasons [Pacific Coast Jazz] Vinson Valega Biophilia [Consilience] December 8 Ernesto Cervini Quartet Little Black Bird [Anzic] Marc […]

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