The Jazz Standard ‘Autumn Leaves’ was composed by Hungarian composer Joseph Kosma in 1946. Kosma was a native of Hungary who was introduced to Prévert in Paris. They collaborated on the song Les Feuilles mortes (“The Dead Leaves”) for the 1946 film Les Portes de la nuit (Gates of the Night) where it was sung […]
In this transcription project we are going to be looking at one chorus of Duke Ellington’s ‘In A Mellow Tone’. The harmony is relatively simple, but really rich and you will get some fantastic Dominant 7th lines down if you give this course the application it deserves.
The Surrey with the Fringe on Top” is a show tune from the 1943 Rodgers and Hammerstein musical Oklahoma!. It was recorded by Sonny Rollins on his 1957 album, ‘Newk’s Time’ which was released in 1959. Sonny’s version features just him on tenor and ‘Philly’ Joe Jones on Drums. It’s a great way of appreciating […]
It’s the middle of November so that means it’s time to start work on our 2019 Christmas project. This year I’ve selected ‘Ding Dong Merrily on High’ from the A Jazzy Christmas Book – to take part you need to order the book. Eb Saxophones Bb Saxophones
Dexter Gordon is one of the most under appreciated saxophonists amongst lay people, but real music fans know what a monster player ‘Long Tall Dexter’ was…
We’ve covered the why licks are an important part of forming your jazz vocabulary in our ‘10 licks in 10 weeks’ course. In this new course we are going to look at 12 different licks all in the key of C major. Whilst we are going to look at how to move these licks into […]