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Modern Jazz Improvisation

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Overview

Ready to take your improvisational toolkit beyond bebop licks, modes, and blues scales and into the sonic worlds opened up by artists like McCoy Tyner, John Coltrane, and Woody Shaw? This course will look into three different approaches for developing melodically compelling ideas for use in a wide variety of harmonic situations. Beginning with the applications of pentatonic scales, the course will progress to the simple technique of combining pairs of major triads (and the six-note scales that result), and finally intervallic pairs, in each case examining their use in major, minor, and sus chords, a variety of dominant chords and ii-V-I progressions, and modal or chromatic contexts. Finally we will explore methods to integrate these new ideas into the student’s existing language in a natural and non-contrived way. (Basic knowledge of jazz harmony required.)

Tuesday 6:30 – 8 pm
7/11 – 8/15 (6 weeks)
Ian Carey • $280

Registration

DEPARTMENT: Brass

COURSE TITLE:
Trumpet Master Class

COURSE DESCRIPTION:

Ready to take your improvisational toolkit beyond bebop licks, modes, and blues scales and into the sonic worlds opened up by artists like McCoy Tyner, John Coltrane, and Woody Shaw? This course will look into three different approaches for developing melodically compelling ideas for use in a wide variety of harmonic situations. Beginning with the applications of pentatonic scales, the course will progress to the simple technique of combining pairs of major triads (and the six-note scales that result), and finally intervallic pairs, in each case examining their use in major, minor, and sus chords, a variety of dominant chords and ii-V-I progressions, and modal or chromatic contexts. Finally we will explore methods to integrate these new ideas into the student’s existing language in a natural and non-contrived way.

 

Ian Carey (trumpet, composition)
B.F.A., Jazz and Contemporary Music, The New School, New York. Performed with The Nathan Clevenger Group, Satoko Fujii, Anthony Brown’s Asian-American Orchestra, Eddie Bert, Lisa Mezzacappa, Dayna Stephens, and Loren Schoenberg. Recorded with Electric Squeezebox Orchestra, Sam Bevan Group, Bryan Bowman Quintet and Rob Reich’s Circus Bella All-Star Band. Released four albums on Kabocha Records with his group The Ian Carey Quintet+1 featuring his original compositions, including the hourlong suite “Interview Music” (commissioned by San Francisco Friends of Chamber Music). Pasquina Publishing Musical Artists Award winner, 2014. Visiting clinician at Stanford University and Santa Rosa Junior College. iancareyjazz.com

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