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  1. YouTube videos
    Happy Sunday, SOTW! Bill Evans' composition "Very Early" is really extraordinarily beautiful with sneaky, interesting chord changes and a deceptively simple and singable melody that ties it all together. For some reason I never got around to learning it until this year, and I've been a bit...
  2. Jazz and Improvisation
    New Creative Music Blog article: http://stevetres.com/2017/07/what-should-you-think-about/ Cheers, ST
  3. Websites, Books, Magazines, Photos and other Lit.
    Hello everyone, This is has been discussed a bit on this forum, and I wanted to announce that the official release date is today. Order at www.jondelucia.com/shop. I am a jazz saxophonist in NYC, and a teacher for 16 years. The press release for the book is below. I hope you will read my latest...
  4. SOTW Member Recordings & Reviews
    A great song to play! Can't go wrong with the Duke It's my 105xxx Mark VI FLorida Link Roberto's Winds reed Thanks for checking it out! https://youtu.be/FEJWIZlKkkU
  5. Announcements and Bulletin Board
    JazzSmart welcome Mike Hall, head of Jazz Studies at the RNCM in Manchester, for a two day jazz improvisation workshop on 29th and 30th April 2017. This course is open to beginner, intermediate and advanced improvisers. No matter your current level we here at JazzSmart are convinced that Mike’s...
  6. Practicing
    Some of you may be familiar with the "Transcribe This Lick" thread and YouTube playlist that I've been putting together for the past year or so. This will be a similar video series for developing jazz sight reading skills. Using excerpts from my jazz etude books at www.randyhunterjazz.com, the...
  7. Practicing
    Hey Everyone- Here's a little video about my lesson series. I'll follow it with a post about my newest lesson and keep going from there as i come up with new ones. I hope you'll keep my lessons in mind if you're looking to supplement your current private instruction or if you're just looking...
  8. Teaching
    I'm teaching via Skype or in my Brooklyn studio. Here's link to my website where I explain my teaching methods. Skype is a great to connect for teaching/coaching at any level! http://jeffhackworth.com/skype-lessons
  9. Jazz and Improvisation
    I’d like to begin unpacking the saying “jazz is a language.” Insight from Louis Armstrong and a recent breakthrough in neuroscience can help us better understand the connection. Read more at: http://stevetres.com/2015/11/is-jazz-a-language/
  10. Jazz and Improvisation
    This one is lighter on theory! Most jazz educational resources aimed at beginners start with theory, chords symbols, modes, patterns, and licks. If you like that approach, this article isn’t for you. I work with lots of students, amateur musicians, and educators who are overwhelmed and confused...
  11. Jazz and Improvisation
    Hi SOTW folks, I'm a saxophonist and educator in Seattle and I recently launched the Creative Music Blog at http://stevetres.com/blog/ I will be posting tons of resources to help musicians play jazz and compose their own music. Some recent posts: Proof the Rhythm is More important that...
  12. Jazz and Improvisation
    What should I play ? A young apprentice musician comes seeking for an advice to a seasoned musician. The novice wants to know where to start his journey through the path of improvisation. He’s nervous and exited while waiting for the precious words to come, when the veteran puts a firm and...
  13. Jazz and Improvisation
    This is way to practice minor chords extended to the 13th using the dorian mode. It 's also great for building technique. Here's the link to my blog post with 2 exercises. http://saxneversleeps.com/category/extended-minor-chords/ I've provided a link to download the PDF files of each.
  14. YouTube videos
    Hey friends, I wanted to drop another cut on you from my quartet's debut release; here's another video recorded live at Vitello's Upstairs in Studio City. This composition by my good friend and pianist Ryan Pryor; one of the young greats out here in Los Angeles. It's a very lyrical...
  15. Sheet Music & Transcriptions
    I've had some requests for a transcription of the opening passage I played as the soundtrack for my beginning sax lessons. I have it for alto or tenor- just drop me a PM or an email through my website if you'd like a copy. You can hear it on the intro to this video...
  16. Jazz and Improvisation
    I just posted a pattern on my blog that I like to practice. It's based on minor 7th chords. It also has the inner voices from the dorian mode. Then to top it off the whole thing moves by descending minor thirds. There are 3 sets in the exercise. Here's the link. I have some other exercises up...
  17. Misc. Saxophone Discussion
    Hi friends I just released my latest eBook: Improvising with the Diminished Scale, available as an immediate PDF download at my site www.ericalexanderjazz.com. Please check it out and let me know what you think! This eBook is my second. The first, Improvising with the Whole Step Triad...
  18. Jazz and Improvisation
    Hey SOTW, it's been a little while. Due to technical problems with soundcloud, I haven't been able to post many boots from the jam session, but problem solved! The North Orange County Jazz Lab + Experiment is an Orange County-based jazz jam session + workshop, and is becoming the premiere jam...
  19. Jazz and Improvisation
    Hey SOTW friends, I've got another batch of weekly highlights up at www.thejazzlab.wordpress.com This past week we were joined by local tenor saxophonist Dave Goldberg. Lot's of fun boots to listen to this week. The first three tunes, with some twists are Airegin, All The Things, Here's That...
  20. Jazz and Improvisation
    New workshop up at the Jazz Lab + Experiment. If you're interested in the "new thing" we tried out this past week, you've got to check this one out. This exercise is based on chance, and is a great way to break out of your or your band's typical molds and into new territory...
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