Jazz

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...

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...

Odd-Meter Improv

A recent trend in jazz improvisation seems to be playing in odd meters.  I.e. 5/4 – Brubeck’s Take Five, 9/8 – Brubeck’s Blue Rondo ala Turk, 7/4 – Woody Shaw’s Seventh Avenue, 10/8 – Pat Metheny’s First Circle to name a few.  Perhaps, we have Dave Brubeck to thank for...

Harrell – Interview #2

A fellow Tom Harrell fan, great trumpet player and friend Jamie Beiwick shared this interview clip on his facebook page.  Tom is not only one of the greatest jazz trumpet players of all time (imho) but also a very deep thinking, spiritually sensitive person.  This is a great interview clip...

Tom Harrell – Interview #1

Tom Harrell has been one of my musical heroes for many years.  In fact, I would say his playing and composition have had the most profound impact of all my jazz influences.  I have done many transcriptions of Tom’s solos and in doing so have developed an even greater appreciation...

What’s the Deal with Transcribing Jazz?

Outside of practicing your butt off, aspiring jazz musicians are told two things will also help their improvising; listening to great jazz players and transcribing their solos.  I do not disagree with this.  After all, jazz is a language and to understand it we must not only study the grammar...

A Clinic With Bud Brisbois

Here is a transcript from a clinic given by the great Bud Brisbois.  He gave a concert at my alma mater Lawrence University with the group Matrix (mentioned below and pictured above) just before he committed suicide.  While I was not at Lawrence at that time, many of my teachers...

Jazz Break: It Could Happen To You

I’m going to break from the norm of this site for a moment and offer up a musical selection.  I know this may not be following the educational and informational direction of this blog but I came across this mp3 the other day and just thought I would share it....