Jazz

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....

Shell Lake pt.2

Things are wrapping up here at the Shell Lake Jazz Combo Camp.  It’s been a fantastic week.  The faculty were all top notch players from Minneapolis, Chicago, Indiana and Madison.  There was one faculty per instrument and we gave three concerts as a group throughout the week.  (The piano faculty...

Shell Lake pt. 1

I am leaving tomorrow morning to teach at the Shell Lake Jazz Camp.  I will be there from July 4-9 teaching brass master class, improvisation a combo and jazz arranging.  The faculty will also be performing evening concerts.  I’m looking forward to meeting and playing with the other faculty up...

Balancing Classical and Jazz Practice

I am someone that tries to maintain as high a level of classical trumpet playing as jazz playing.  Call me obsessive-compulsive but I can’t “dabble” at anything.  If I can’t dive in and do something 100% I lose interest and would usually rather not do it at all.  There are...

Practice Improvisation Like a Scientist

The Hypothesis Have you ever felt like your progress in learning jazz improvisation is stagnant, rambling, directionless or going nowhere?  It’s easy to feel that way because there is so much to learn in this art form and too many possible directions to go at once.  Looking at a blank...

Recycling in Jazz Improvisation

The following is an exerpt from my book, “Recycling in Jazz Improvisation” which can be downloaded as a pdf iunder the “Shop” tab. The core concept for this book started a while ago when I began teaching my younger trumpet students to practice major scales in what I call “scale...

Juggling Versatility

A Trend In Trumpet Playing I have found that in recent years there seems to be a trend for music students, in particular, students of the trumpet, to strive for music careers that encompass and embrace a wider variety of musical styles. Perhaps this is due in part to the...

I Remember Freddie…

This article appeared in a 2009 ITG journal.  (Unfortunately, the picture that accompanied the ITG article was of a young Terence Blanchard, not Freddie.   My pic is the real deal.) I’d like to share a few of my thoughts about Freddie Hubbard, who died at the age of 70, on...

Recycling the Major Pentatonic Scale

The following article is an excerpt from my book, “Recycling in Jazz Improvisation” which can be downloaded as a pdf in my Books section of www.DavidCooperMusic.com. There has been a lot of great information written about the use of the pentatonic scale in jazz. My intention here is not to...