November 10, 2013
The harmony derived from the melodic minor scale is an essential part of the sound of modern jazz, with its minor-major, lydian dominant, altered, and half-diminished chords. This workshop provides an overview of melodic minor scale harmony and its practical applications as heard in the music of Herbie Hancock, Freddie Hubbard, Woody Shaw, Wayne Shorter, and other influential jazz composers and improvisers.
Many jazz musicians draw a blank when confronted with a diminished chord. Sure, you know how to spell it, but it doesn’t sound like jazz! This workshop addresses all aspects of the diminished 7th chord including chord theory, scale theory, the various functions of the diminished 7th chord in jazz, four-note voicings, voice leading, plus how particular musicians such as Bill Evans, Duke Ellington, Herbie Hancock, and Barry Harris effortlessly use this much-misunderstood chord.
Grammy-nominated pianist Mark Levine is the author of The Jazz Piano Book, The Jazz Theory Book, and The Drop 2 Book. He has performed with Woody Shaw, Mongo Santamaria, Joe Henderson, Willie Bobo, Bobby Hutcherson, Freddie Hubbard, Cal Tjader, Wallace Roney, Tito Puente, Milt Jackson, David Liebman and others.