Blog Posts - Improvisation



Otti - Life in Jazz

Otti Kitzler, 1942-1978, lived and worked in Vienna. At an early age he began to play the trumpet, years after he got to know Jazz, chewing gum and chocolate introduced by American soldiers. His parents supported him in becoming the best Jazz trumpet...
by Through Out The World on Jun 21, 2016

Spectacle bistronomique avec le Carrousel au Ste-Cath

Les soupers spectacles du Ste-Cath Le Carrousel Dossiers Restaurant, Bistro le Ste-Cath Décloisonné des planches du quatrième art, le théâtre s’invite sur la scène très éclectique du bistro Ste-Cath. Une première pour ce Q.G de l’art,...

A Review of David Rothenberg’s Bug Music

I’ve recently published a review of clarinetist and composer David Rothenberg’s superb book, Bug Music, in the online journal Terrain. Click the cover to read on:...

Live Report: Keith Jarrett at Carnegie Hall

On Tuesday, 9 February 2016, Keith Jarrett returned to Carnegie Hall for a solo performance of spontaneously improvised music. My review of the concert is now available at All About Jazz here.

Improvisation et théâtre avec Carrousel

Lundi 11 et 25 janvier 2016 Entrée gratuite Raymond Viger  Dossiers Ste-Cath, Restaurant Soirée d’improvisation et d’exploration théâtrale avec la troupe Le Carrousel. Des acteurs polyvalents qui joueront ensemble avec la contribution du...

Guitar and Barre Technique

One unique technique you want to master in playing guiar is barre technique. With barre technique you press down multiple strings across a single fret with one or more fingers. It is unavoidable for the use of barre technique to influence tone qualit...
by Classic Jazz Giants on Nov 8, 2015

“God” of Jazz Piano

One of the classic jazz giants, Art Tatum was often called “God” of jazz piano due to amazing speed and precision of his finger movement. There is an episode that Oscar Peterson heard Art Tatum’s recording of Tiger Rag for the first...
by Classic Jazz Giants on Nov 7, 2015

Bird in Motion Picture

Despite his great presence in the history of jazz, there are only a couple of motion pictures showing Charlie Parker performing saxophone due to his untimely demise. Classic Jazz Giants site introduces one of such rare motion pictures of Charlie Park...
by Classic Jazz Giants on Nov 6, 2015

Playing Pianissimo and Fortissimo

Each piano jazz giant has his unique rendition of songs, and employs the tones best suits his rendition. Bill Evans plays most of the songs with tones between mezzo forte and pisnnisimo but rarely plays with fortissimo. Oscar Peterson fully utilizes...
by Classic Jazz Giants on Nov 6, 2015

Listening to Jazz with Analytical Mind

Listening to the recordings by classic jazz giants itself is still entertaining without any background knowledge about the structure of the songs. With such knowledge, however, you can appreciate the same recordings ten times and more. Followings are...
by Classic Jazz Giants on Nov 5, 2015

Guitar and Picking Methods

There are various ways to sound a guitar string. Guitar jazz giants introduced at Classic Jazz Giants site have different picking styles. Jim Hall used a guitar pick. Joe Pass used four fingers. Wes Montgomery used thumb. Guitar pick is a small flat...
by Classic Jazz Giants on Nov 4, 2015

Jazz and Music Rest

You might have seen piano jazz giants laying sheet music on the piano without using music rest while playing with other musicians. Intuitively it seems easier to read sheet music and play using music rest. Why did piano jazz giants play without musi...
by Classic Jazz Giants on Nov 3, 2015

Illusion of 88 Keys

Lower pitched notes implicate heavier objects to many people. Many novice pianists are preoccupied with an idea that keys generating lower pitched notes are heavier than the rest of the keys. Since keys generating lower pitched notes are played by th...
by Classic Jazz Giants on Nov 2, 2015

Jazz and Bach

It might be a well known story that piano jazz giants such as Bud Powell and Bill Evans studied Johann Sebastian Bach intensively. Why did piano jazz giants study Bach? The answer lies in the fact that Bach’s compositions emphasize interactions...
by Classic Jazz Giants on Oct 31, 2015

Miles Davis and Mute

Classic Jazz Giants site introduces performances by Miles Davis using muted trumpet. The mute allowed Davis play the trumpet the way he spoke. Davis himself allegedly mentioned that he could focus on tunes better in a “quiet environment”...
by Classic Jazz Giants on Oct 31, 2015

Street Sax

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by 54ka Photo Blog on Oct 21, 2015

The Globe Unity Orchestra: Intergalactic Blow (JAPO 60039)

The Globe Unity Orchestra Intergalactic Blow Toshinori Kondo trumpet Kenny Wheeler trumpet Günter Christmann trombone George Lewis trombone, effects Albert Mangelsdorff trombone Bob Stewart tuba Gerd Dudek flute, soprano saxophone, tenor saxophone...

Impro et théâtre au Ste-Cath

Bistro le Ste Cath, restaurant socialement engagé dans Hochelaga-Maisonneuve Mercredi 17 juin, 20h, un nouveau concept Les soupers spectacles du Ste-Cath Raymond Viger  Dossiers Le Ste-Cath bistro spectacle musique scène restaurant, Restaurant...

The Art of Negotiation

A long time ago, when I was fairly new at law practice, I represented a plaintiff in a contentious sexual harassment case against a large company. After a series of pre-trial battles, the defendant's counsel opened the door to the possibility of sett...
by Mediation's Place on May 13, 2015

[VIDÉO] Nils Frahm & Jean Kapsa – Impro on piano

En guise de préambule à son concert à la Villette Sonique ce 2 juin, le compositeur allemand Nils Frahm s'est laissé aller à une petite improvisation à quatre mains avec un illustre inconnu. C'est - évidemment - génial. Cet article [VIDÉO] N...


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