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Jazz Improv with Dave Manley

September 16, 2023 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm


Saturdays, September 16, 23, 30, October 7, 2:00 – 3:00 PM

The Jazz Improv classes will concentrate on the basic concepts for creating a melodic improvised solo over two style’s related to jazz music.

#1 blues and jazz blues forms, the key for the blues will be Bb, a super common key in jazz.

#2 “32 bar form” “American song book” style songs, i.e., Cole Porter, Gershwin, Duke Ellington.

Each class will concentrate on the basic harmonic and rhythmic requirements a player/student will need to successfully perform a confident sounding improvised solo.

Week 1 will break down the blues form using a melody from early Jazz styles. The student will learn how to use simple motifs to create coherent musical statements.

Week 2 will expand on the blues form exploring the chord extensions that are common in blues forms. We will use a melody form the Charlie Parker cannon, “Now’s the Time”.

Week 3 will tie the blues elements of week 1 and 2 with a Jazz Standard like “All of Me”, which is a common Jazz standard. The students will learn the melody, and learn how to use fragments of the melody in their improvised solo.

Week 4 will explain the scales and arpeggios that are commonly used in an improvised jazz solo. We will concentrate on 2 key, C and F Major.

Students may elect to rent an instrument from the House of Musical Traditions, depending on availability.

We are following the Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services guidelines for health and safety. Students are encouraged to wash hands upon arrival.

We require a minimum of 3 attendees for all group classes & workshops. Classes will be cancelled if we have not met the 3-person minimum 72 hours in advance of the start time.

In the event of a cancellation, you may choose between either (1) a full refund, or (2) a full credit to private lessons or a future workshop.

$150 for 4 sessions


September 16, 2023
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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School of Musical Traditions
7112 Willow Ave
Takoma Park, MD 20912 United States
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