Having something unique and special to say, and saying it in one’s own way, with one’s own voice is the ultimate achievement in jazz. The dynamics we use in speaking are literally the same dynamics which allow us to communicate on a deep level and in a unique way in music.We’ll explore applying the dynamics of the voice – the dynamics of speech – to jazz improvisation and see how each of us can use these dynamics in our own unique way to develop a unique musical voice.All this will be discussed within a framework of jazz history, and we’ll also go into ideas about repertoire, practicing, traps and pitfalls which are intrinsic to the guitar itself, how to listen to jazz, the functioning of the rhythm section, etc. Examples will be demonstrated and, hopefully, workshop participants will participate as well – bring your instrument!
With 19 recordings as a leader with such jazz legends as Kenny Barron, Barry Harris, Tommy Flanagan, Pepper Adams, Jimmy Knepper, Jack McDuff, Mickey Roker, and Al Harewood, Joshua Breakstone has established himself as one of the major jazz guitarists of our day. He is also the author of Jazz Etudes: Studies For The Beginning Improviser, a standard text at many colleges and universities, and has both performed and presented workshops throughout the world.