Saturday, October 28, 10:00am
Commune Saloon / Petersen House, 297 Tinker Street / Rte. 212, Bearsville, NY See Map
Jazz-ing The Blues, and Blues-ing The Jazz
Blues and Jazz have been around for over 100 years, and have influenced and enriched each other the entire time. Every jazz improviser has incorporated blues licks and melodies into their arsenal of techniques; while modern blues style has incorporated jazz chord concepts and riffs throughout its development.
This workshop will first present practical ways to incorporate jazz harmony and melodic concepts into playing the blues on guitar, using 9th and 13th chord voicings, II-V-I substitutions, III-VI-II-V turnarounds, arpeggio patterns, etc. in both acoustic fingerstyle and electric rhythm approaches. Tunes by T-Bone Walker, Stevie Ray, etc, many in printed handout form, will be used to make points come alive.
Then, we'll explore how jazz players have used bluesy figures and forms to liven up some of the "schmaltzier" aspects of jazz guitar. Tunes by Charles Mingus, Milt Jackson, Charlie Parker, etc will be used - again, accompanied by printed handouts.
All levels welcome, but many ideas will be geared to the evolved player. Participants are encouraged to bring an audio or video recorder to get the most out of the workshop