Jamey Aebersold Jazz Education Workshop!
February 17, 2017
Jazz Unlimited of Greater Milwaukee is proud to sponsor a jazz improvisation workshop presented by internationally known jazz educator and publisher Jamey Aebersold!
The workshop is entitled: “Anyone Can Improvise and Play Jazz”
When: Friday, February 17, 2017 – 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Where: Milwaukee High School of the Arts, 2300 West Highland Ave., Milwaukee, WI 53233
This workshop is free and open to jazz students of all ages, as well as the general public, and anyone else interested in jazz.
Please spread the word and join us on February 17th for this very special opportunity to meet and hear a jazz legend!
“Jamey Aebersold is an American music educator and publisher. His “Play-A-Long” series of instructional book and CD collections, using the chord-scale system, the first of which was released in 1967, are an internationally renowned resource for jazz education. As of 2013, 133 of these collections have been published by Aebersold, who taught musical improvisation at the University of Louisville for a number of years. He is also an adept pianist, alto saxophonist, bassist, and banjoist.” (Source: Wikipedia)
Visit https://www.jazzbooks.com to learn more.
Additional information about Jamey Aebersold:
Most of the volumes in Aebersold’s “Play-A-Long” series feature a selection of 10-12 jazz standards, though some focus on scales, standardized chord progressions (like the blues), or original compositions by Aebersold’s collaborators. The books contain charts for the tunes in question, transposed as necessary for instruments in C, B-flat, E-flat, and bass clef. The recordings normally feature a professional rhythm section (typically piano, bass, and drums, occasionally including guitar) performing an improvised accompaniment (or “comping”) to each song. Melody instruments like saxophone and trumpet are omitted, enabling a jazz student to practice playing the song’s melody, and improvising over the song’s chord changes, with accompaniment. The piano and bass tracks are typically panned to opposite channels, so that a pianist or bassist can easily omit the recorded piano or bass part by muting the appropriate channel.
Perhaps the most well-known feature of the “Play-A-Long” series is Aebersold’s distinctive voice, which counts off the tempo for each track on most Aebersold recordings.
Summer Jazz Workshops
For over 50 years, Aebersold has also run “Summer Jazz Workshop” sessions at the University of Louisville (Louisville, Kentucky). Many leading educators and performers have served as Workshop faculty. The week-long event is billed as a place to learn jazz through hands-on experience, and provides an intensive learning environment for musicians of widely varying ages and levels. The standard Workshop curriculum includes master classes, ear-training sessions, jazz theory classes from beginning to advanced, and concerts by faculty.
Aebersold also regularly performs and presents clinics at the Jazz Festival at Murray State University in Murray, Kentucky. The festival was renamed the “Jamey Aebersold Jazz Festival” in 2015 to honor his many years of service to the jazz program at that institution.
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