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Jazz Piano Comping

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Overview

To function effectively in an ensemble or as an accompanist, jazz pianists need to be able to comp in a wide range of settings. This course provides techniques for comping in a variety of styles including straight ahead and contemporary jazz, r&b, funk, blues, Latin jazz and Brazilian, with an emphasis on groove! Prerequisites: Jazz Piano I or equivalent.

Wednesdays 6:30 – 8 pm
1/1 1 – 3/15 (10 weeks)
Frank Martin • $395

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DEPARTMENT: Piano

COURSE TITLE:
Jazz Piano Comping

COURSE DESCRIPTION:

To function effectively in an ensemble 
or as an accompanist, jazz pianists need to be able to comp in a wide range of settings. This course provides techniques for comping in a variety of styles including straight ahead and contemporary jazz, R&B, funk, blues, Latin jazz and Brazilian, with an emphasis on groove! Applicable to rhythm section playing, solo playing and other settings.

COURSE OBJECTIVES:
Students will develop familiarity with a range of jazz piano comping techniques to be applied to music of their choice in solo and ensemble settings.

COURSE PREREQUISITES:
Prerequisites: Jazz Piano I or equivalent.

COURSE OUTLINE:

Week 1
basic two-hand voicings
jazz/blues comping
voicings applied to a selected standard tune
basic Brazilian grooves

Week 2
quartal voicings (4ths)
quartal comping techniques applied to a selected standard tune additional Brazilian grooves

Week 3
quintal voicings (5ths)
ballad techniques applied to a selected standard tune

Week 4
Upper extension voicings: the 10 most common voicings applied to a selected standard tune Latin jazz comping

Week 5

superimposing chords à la stacking diminished chords, minor chords, major chords, quartal and quintal etc. applied to a selected standard tune

Week 6
approaches to making your own voicings applied to a selected standard tune funk grooves

Week 7
rhythm changes applied to a selected standard tune

Week 8
walking bass/comping techniques applied to a selected standard tune

Week 9
odd meter comping applied to a selected standard tune

Week 10
how to approach free playing applied to a selected standard tune

Frank Martin (piano, keyboards)

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.

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