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So back in the olden days (17th century) they solved a social problem in Naples, Italy by creating conservatories (vo-tech schools) for street orphans. One type of school was the music conservatory. What they would have the kids do was to sit at a keyboard for hours improvising on chord changes (sound familiar?). These exercises were called partimenti. The chord changes were written as bass lines for with figures underneath. Some great musicians came out of these schools.

I’ve often thought that the same thing could be done with jazz since there is quite a similarity between Baroque music and jazz. So I created about 60 jazz partimenti for alto sax. I actually got my inspiration from Jeff Antoniuck’s video “Jazz DNA”.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bPvbUm0KdpY

Here are a couple of random samples of mine below. If you PM me, I’ll send you all of them in a word doc. The only thing I ask is that you let me know if it was useful. BTW, the Ex 16 came from the first jazz record (1917) and first million seller.

Ex.12e Minor keys (F# minor)
||: F#m /// | //// | Bm7 /// | //// |
| G#m7b5 /// | //// | C#7 /// | //// : ||

Ex 16 (Original Dixieland One Step in C major)
||: C /// | //// | E7 /// | //// |
| A7 /// | //// | D7 /// | //// |
|G7 /// | //// |C /// | //// |
|Em /// | B7 /// | Em /// |G7 /// : ||
 
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