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Thad Jones – A Forgotten Giant?

January 6, 2014

Let Us Not Forget His Place In Jazz!

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Focus Session: Triplets

November 8, 2013

Unlocking the Power of the Triplet in the College Classroom.

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Flirting with C

March 25, 2013

A New View of John Coltrane’s Harmony in “Moment’s Notice”…

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Harmonic Time

November 20, 2012

Internalizing Musical Time, Groove and Mathematics

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Jimmy Raney’s Solo on ‘Double Image’

September 21, 2012

Scott Mercer takes a closer look at Jimmy Raney’s guitar solo on the track ‘Double Image’

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Bill Holman – Master Of Musical Unity

July 24, 2012

Focus Session: Examining Bill Holman’s “Quick Step”

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The African Origins of Jazz

March 28, 2012

Lee Evans examines rhythm, harmony, melody and timbre…

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Learning Swing via Afro-Cuban Style

January 9, 2012

If you want your ensemble to swing, look to Afro-Cuban styles to show the way.

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Another Color for Your Musical Palette: Principles of Twelve-Tone Writing

March 23, 2011

With a tip of the hat to Cole Porter’s “Let’s Do It” (“Birds do it, bees do it”, etc.), Bird (Charlie Parker) never did it, nor did the B’s (Bach, Beethoven, Brahms) ever do it. Arnold Schoenberg, Alban Berg and Anton Webern did it many times. And believe it or not, jazzmen Leonard Feather and […]

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Whatchamacallit – The Age of Ambiguity: An Apt Appellation

January 16, 2011

A Brief History Starting with the fifth century, every period in music history is identified by a specific name, except for the 20th century and beyond. The period stretching from roughly 400 to about 1400-50 is known today as the Medieval era also called the Middle Ages. The span from 1450 to 1600 is identified […]

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