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Focus Session

  • Frank Caruso’s Improvisational Devices on ‘Without a Song’

    Jazzed Magazine | September 5, 2018Caruso’s rendition takes this composition and gives it a very different flavor, changing the key and feel of the tune. Read More...
  • “Maiden Voyage” and the Mixolydian Mode

    Jazzed Magazine | May 7, 2018When I have asked students, “What is the Mixolydian mode?” they usually tell me that it is the major scale where you flat the 7th.This would be the wrong answer, however. It is the mode within a major scale that starts on the 5th degree and the chord it would produce is the dominant 7th […] Read More...
  • Coming Into Your Own

    Jazzed Magazine | January 15, 2018In this article, we will hear from and see how some Jazz masters have journeyed through, and have had much to say about the process of “finding your own voice”. Read More...
  • Free Jazz, Harmolodics, and Ornette Coleman

    Jazzed Magazine | November 30, 2017By Stephen Rush A Definition of Harmolodics: The Shape of Jazz to Come Harmolodics is about race. It is about human equality. Equality of tones is about race. Consider this exchange from page 128: Stephen: This constraint on civilization and the constraint on music is going to cause an end to jazz? Ornette: I know […] Read More...
  • The Imitation Game

    Jazzed Magazine | September 5, 2017How Do We Learn to Improvise? Read More...
  • Improvisation Tactics for the Aspiring Jazz Player

    Jazzed Magazine | March 20, 2017Melodic Minor Modes Read More...
  • Approaching Altered Sounds

    Jazzed Magazine | December 13, 2016Using a one-octave major scale as a resource to introduce the “outside” sounds. Read More...
  • Road Map to Latin Jazz Style Interpretation

    Jazzed Magazine | September 6, 2016A step-by-step method for finding a more specific Latin style solution from the jungle of possibilities. Read More...
  • Mastering Chord Tones – Not Scales – to Excel at Improvisation

    Jazzed Magazine | December 31, 2015A look at Jazz scales, one of the first things many new students ask about. Read More...
  • ‘Intrepid Fox’ A Melodic Analysis – Part I

    Jazzed Magazine | October 27, 2015A look inside Freddie Hubbard’s composition, "Intrepid Fox". Read More...
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