Category Archives: Jazz

JAZZ LESSONS WITH GIANTS with David Liebman, Bob Mintzer, and Bob Sheppard




Let three of the world’s most gifted jazz musicians show you the Jazz techniques, concepts, and exercises that will take your playing to new heights – guaranteed.

jlwg_workbook_coverThroughout jazz history, the greatest players were the ones who got to spend time in the company of the greats who came before them. In this one-of-a-kind program, three modern day jazz giants share their secrets- the precise secrets that made them into the world-renowned masters that they are.

Over the course of your Jazz Lessons with Giants journey, your teachers will give you the tools to make massive improvements in the areas of creating compelling melodies, super-charging your ears, using advanced harmony to get that hip, “post-Coltrane” sound, using articulation and phrasing to come up with your own style – and that’s just for starters.

Armed with results-producing information and powerful motivation, you can save yourself years of struggle and quickly make massive improvements while having fun – right now! You don’t have to wait until you’ve spent 10 years practicing 4 hours a day. Applying clearly laid out “insider” information, you can learn to set the bandstand on fire while you experience that elusive feeling of musical magic you crave – much sooner than you might think.

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Bluesax: “Autumn Leaves”. Jazz Experience Improvisation





Ramsgate Seaside Shuffle Announces July 2017 Festival




A Weekend of South Coast Summertime Jazz!

 

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WEEKEND PASSES
Covering all Jazz Gigs £60.00

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Joy Rose and the BQ Quartet




A night of serious groove from an amazing vocalist who has been ‘the voice’ of four Incognito albums, toured, recorded and collaborated with some of the biggest names in the industry (Sting, Brenda Russell, Chaka Khan, Herbie Hancock, Billy Ocean and Noel Gallagher) and who continues to deliver great soulful cuts in her own right.

“When Joy Rose joined Sting for a duet she sang with such power and conviction that one could wonder why she did not sing on Sting’s album instead of Mary J Blige. She knocked the audience dead and got a standing ovation”  The Current

“Joy Rose… is simply breathtaking”  SmoothJazzNow


 

Joy Rose’s remarkable vocal talents have been surfing the waves of the music industry for a number of years. Moving to London from Birmingham at the tender age of 16, Joy’s talent was immediately spotted by record producer Rod Gammon who recorded her first single “Gimme the Funk” for Savage Records. In 1990 Joy became the lead singer for the group Mocca Soul and was the featured singer on the album Persistence of Memory. In 1991 Joy signed her first major recording deal with Talkin Loud Records. The label released a series of singles ‘Feed the Feeling’, ‘Guilty’, ‘Take U Higher’ and ‘Serious Love’. Joy then went on to record two albums with renowned jazz pianist Jason Rebello – Make It Real and Last Dance.



PREMIERE: WILLIAM FLORELLE – AS THE SUN SETS




Just in time for the change of season, green-fingered newcomer William Florelle bares the beautiful blossom of some extremely capable handiwork on his debut EP, Two & Three. Gorgeously sewn and crafted grooves on a soft bedding of r&b, jazz and afro influences, the seven track project leaves others reaching hard for some light from under the shade of its towering bloom. It also couldn’t be in better hands releasing through one of our favourite labels, WotNot.

We’re pleased to be able to share with you the EP’s first track, a shuffling dance floor-ready groove, holding soulful tendencies through tender yet assured vocals from Lua. With even melodic instrumentation employed in only short percussive measures, Florelle keeps things moving throughout. A detail that cutely amplifies the huskiness and almost languid quality in Lua’s voice, refined even more under gritty distortion as she seduces you to the dance floor. Channelling a 22a vibe with distinct r&b flavours, we can’t get enough of this one.

WOT029 is released on vinyl 31st March and digitally on 7th April, grab a copy through all good record stores.




Altissimo Fingerings for the Saxophone





Most of the time when I am out where other saxophonists can hear me play the question I get most often is how I have such flexibility in the altissimo register. Well aside from the hours I spent developing the range and sound of my altissimo register I think that the fingerings, for me, are the key.

After years of experimenting, these particular fingerings I have found flow easily from note to note and allow the ability to play intervalically. So, I encourage those who wish to learn these notes, start slowly. Beginning in the normal range of the saxophone (high D, E, or F) work up chromatically one note at a time. Get smooth going from the normal range to the altissimo.

Focus on transitioning and maintaining the tone. Pull out your scale exercises and work on playing your scales from within the normal to the altissimo range and when you are comfortable move on to playing entire scales in the altissimo. Once this is working for you, work on the interval studies.

I encourage you to follow this method to become able to play in the altissimo as freely as in the normal range. Above all, do this slowly. It took me nearly 4 years of study to become “fluid” at using the altissimo and I still have some sequences that are difficult to play spontaneously.

If you can get a copy of “The Art of the Saxophone” there are exercises to learn and practice the overtones of the saxophone. Learn and practice this to get a jump ahead on the playing of the altissimo. By the way, I started trying the fingerings in this book but altered them to the ones below which work for me. (All are with octave key.)

 

 

I hope that these charts will help you not only expand your range but expand your mind with new ideas and your heart with new hope for creativity. If you have any altissimo fingerings that work better for you, please share them here at Musicians Unite.

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-Frank Valdez – MU Columnist



What Skills Do You Need to Play Jazz Guitar?





A question that came up a lot on one of my previous vlogs on “How to practice” was, “What skills do you need to play jazz guitar??” In this video I am going to try to answer that and open a discussion on what you need to study to learn jazz guitar.

I might have a simpler list of things that you should work on than you expect!!

My attempt at an answer is of course going to be very open. It is impossible to come up with a study plan that will fit everybody (which I am sure you understand). At the same time it’s a good topic to discuss.

It’s not the only way to look at this, so if you have ideas for a different approach then feel free to leave a comment!!

Thanks so much for checking out my weekly lesson at Musicians Unite!! I hope you found it helfpul in finding out what skills you’ll need to play jazz guitar!!

Please check back next week for another lesson, and in the meantime please catch up with me on my website and social media pages!!

Jens Larsen – MU Educator

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