Trumpeter Billy Buss introduces contemporary improvisational techniques including motivic development, tonal magnetism, the use of pentatonics, hexatonics and hybrid scales, negative harmony, and a wealth of systematic approaches to implementation of these concepts into the practice routine. Recommended for all players interested in a range of post bop approaches to improvisation. A materials packet is provided including examples of the techniques. Prerequisites: basic to intermediate understanding of intervals, scales, chords, and functional harmony (how chords move and interact with each other). Intermediate to advanced technical ability on your instrument (pianists and guitarists must read chord changes and comp). Bring your instrument and music writing materials.
As a graduate from the Berklee College of Music and the Thelonious Monk Institute, Billy Buss commands a thorough technical understanding of advanced jazz improvisation and composition. He is emerging as an in-demand performer and educator throughout the country, leading clinics, maintaining faculty positions in New York City and Boston, and touring with artists such as Deltron 3030, Alice Tan Ridley and Thelonious Monk Jr.