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Scrapple From The Apple

Scrapple From The Apple was written by the great Charlie “Bird” Parker in either 1946 or 47.  It is considered one of the classic tunes in the BeBop repertoire.  It is a 32 bar form that is AABA.  Like many BeBop compositions, the chord structure is “borrowed” from other standard...

Maiden Voyage

  Maiden Voyage Recorded in 1965, Herbie Hancock’s “Maiden Voyage” was a revolutionary tune because it consisted almost entirely of sus chords.   Studying “Maiden Voyage” is basically learning what options one can play on suspended chords.  Sus chords fall in the family of dominant function but Sus chords are dominant...

Tune-Up

Miles Davis’ Tune-Up is considered a jazz standard and is a great vehicle for working on a very important and common chord progression found in many jazz compositions. This progression is known as the ii-V-I (two-five-one).  There have been many, many jazz books written about this progression and Jamey Aebersold...

Madison Jazz Jam 2

I am thrilled to host the Madison jazz Jam again this coming Sunday.  This week the featured tune is the standard, “There Will Never Be Another You” by Warren and Gordon. From an improvisation standpoint the tune has many opportunities to work our ii V I progression concepts.  It is...

Madison Jazz Jam

Hi everyone that attended last Sunday’s jam session.  I had a great time and am thrilled to be asked to be a part of it.  What a great space, too!  The Fountain certainly seems to be the new place to hear and play jazz in Madison.  Finally!! Next jam, on...

ITG Conference 2012

ITG Conference – 2012 This year’s conference was held in Columbus, GA at Georgia State University.  The facilities were gorgeous as the school has recently had a fantastic center for the arts built.  The Schwob school of music is connected to a new building that has a 1800 person hall,...

Doc DeHaven

Doster (Doc) DeHaven Doc was born in Madison, Wisconsin in 1931 and is still living in Madison today, although, sadly he is no longer playing trumpet.  As a musician in the Madison area, I have rarely – if ever – run into another musician who has not heard of him...

Beijing – Day 7

Today was my last day in China.  The other guest artists were on very early flights and mine did not leave till 5:30pm so I had the day to myself.  I basically retraced the steps of my first day here a week ago.  It was interesting how much more comfortable...

Beijing – Day 6

Today one of CCOM tuba students’ took Marty Erickson and me to the Great Wall.  It was a wonderful experience even though the sky was very foggy.  There are many points that tourists can enter the Wall and the one we took was supposedly the most difficult.  I would have...

Beijing – Day 5

This afternoon I gave a four-hour master class to the CCOM middle school trumpet students.  There were about 15 students around the age of 14-18. First we went through some warm-up concepts together as a class.  Then I talked about putting music into different categories in order to help you...

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