Explore a broad range of concepts and methodology for playing changes and modal improvisation. Also includes ideas for soloing on the blues and developing facility in odd meters. Intermediate level.
4/11 – 6/6 (9 weeks)
Frank Martin • $375
Basic Modal improvisation
Song examples: McCoy Tyne’s “Effendi” and “Passion Dance”.
Navigating songs with multiple 2-5-1 progressions
Song examples: “Lazy Bird” (Coltrane) & the standard “Afternoon in Paris”
Navigating songs with multiple chord changes
Song examples: “Moment’s Notice” (Coltrane) & the standard “Have You Met Miss Jones?”
Song examples: “Bud’s Blues” (Bud Powell) & “Tenor Madness” (Sonny Rollins)
Modal Improv utilization “Pedal Point Floating” & mode changing
Song examples: “Milestones” and “So What” (Miles Davis)
Song examples: “Big “P” (Jimmy Heath) & “Nothing Personal” (Don Grolnick)
Song examples: “Rhythm-A-Ning” (Monk) & “Oleo” (Sonny Rollins)
Taking it “outside” – concepts and techniques
Free playing – Where to begin – where to go!
Frank Martin (piano/keyboard)
Music Director for Narada Michael Walden, Patti Austin, Angela Bofill; Carnegie Hall appearances with Sting, James Taylor, Elton John; Record producer/arranger for Al Jarreau, Turtle Island String Quartet, Joey DeFrancesco, Mimi Fox, Mary Jenson, Molly Holm, Deuce, Tuck & Patti, Karen Blixt; performed/recorded with John McLaughlin, Buddy Montgomery, Joe Farrell, Dizzy Gillespie, Larry Coryell, Herbie Hancock, Stanley Jordan, Stevie Wonder, Airto, Dori Caymmi, Dianne Reeves, Patrice Rushen, Trilok Gurtu, Richard Bona; Faculty, UC Berkeley Jazz Ensembles. www.frankmartinproductions.com