June 21st, 2018
Just received my copy of the South Florida Jazz Ensemble’s new recording “Are We Still Dreaming” featuring the music of Gary Lindsay. I’m supremely honored to be performing on this recording alongside so many gifted musicians. Gary’s music is beautiful, unique, and eminently satisfying on every level. About time it got out there! FYI The CD release party is scheduled at the Coral Gables Open Stage Club this September 10th. Mark it down!
Also looking forward to the release of the SJO’s album featuring the music of Rick Margitza, also this summer.
Headed off to Estonia next week for the International Association of Schools of Jazz Summer Workshop, taking talented Frost students with me: Diego Melgar (guitar) and Koa Ho (bass). Estonia is a new place for me, and I’m looking forward to s fun and productive week.
BTW: Congrats to our new jazz saxophone students at Frost this coming fall! See Frost student link for details!
Gary Keller and John Hart’s 2018 JEN presentation:
Upper Structures: The Unifying Element Between Chords, Scales, and the Melodic Line:
If you were unable to get a copy of the hand out here it is:
Some of the grand questions we attempted to answer:
Is there any logic behind all these scales, chords, and names?
We talk about modes, but what does “modal” mean?
If there is just a mode name how do I know what chord to play?
How is it voiced to get the right sound?
Are there any principles that tie all this chord scale theory
We need to hear it – but what is “it”?
Are there any shortcuts?
What can we learn from completely intuitive “ear” players?
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