Introduction to Jazz Harmony

Overview

An introduction to the harmonic language of jazz. Topics covered include: tonal harmony, secondary dominants, tritone substitutions, modes and modal harmony, 7th chords and their extensions and alterations and basic voice-leading concepts. Studies will include analyses of compositions by well-known jazz composers. Prerequisites: knowledge of major scales and key signatures and ability to read music.

Thursdays 8:15 – 9:45 pm
1/10 – 3/14 (10 weeks)
Charlie Gurke • $415

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DEPARTMENT: Theory/Musicianship

COURSE TITLE: Introduction to Jazz Harmony

COURSE DESCRIPTION: An introduction to the harmonic language of jazz. Topics covered include: tonal harmony, secondary dominants, tritone substitutions, modes and modal harmony, 7th chords and their extensions and alterations and basic voice-leading concepts. Studies will include analyses of compositions by well-known jazz composers.

Charlie Gurke (saxophone, composition)

M.M. in Jazz Studies, University of Oregon. B.M., Cal State East Bay. On faculty at Laney College and the Community Music Center of San Francisco. Currently performs and records with the Electric Squeezebox Orchestra, Edgardo Cambón, Carne Cruda, the Gurkestra, and more. Past performance and recording credits include Omar Sosa, Aphrodesia, the Pacific Mambo Orchestra, Carne Cruda, Fito Reinoso, and others. Music director and composer in residence, We Players theater company.