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March 1-8 Jazz Residency At Sauk Trail

Laurie Lang & John Becker teaching improvisation to the little jazz kids.  Sauk Trail students will have an opportunity to interact with professional jazz musicians on Wednesday, March 8 thanks to two grants. The Madison Jazz Society and the District’s … Continue reading

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So many great high school jazz bassists!

Saturday. Feb 17, I had the opportunity to dig into the blues with 15 amazing young bass players from 7 different Wisconsin schools at Regional Essentially Ellington. I wish i would have taken a photo. 🙂

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Whitehorse Students Play the Blues and much more

Check out this video spot from Channel 3000.com Education Grant helps jazz to fill halls of Madison middle school Posted: Dec 21, 2016 11:26 PM CST Updated: Dec 21, 2016 11:28 PM CST http://www.channel3000.com/news/education/grant-helps-jazz-to-fill-halls-of-madison-middle-school/226235544

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My Favorite Things

John Coltrane (most famous jazz version of this song) a young jazz musician in 2016 – Joey Alexander For improvisation on this tune let’s start by practicing an E dorian scale E F# G A B C# D E learn … Continue reading

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Blues Thursday @ Whitehorse

D Jam Blues (known as C Jam Blues or Duke’s Place: 12 bar blues) Check out these music videos for inspiration and ideas: Duke Ellington jam- an original “music video” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gOlpcJhNyDI Ellington Big Band https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Md7v5Ycgkkc Ellington Band with Ella Fitzgerald … Continue reading

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October 20, Thursday at Whitehorse

Hi Whitehorse String friends, I get to meet you all this week on Thursday as i will be in your orchestra classes. I thought you might like this photo!? It’s a gig i played on Labor Day with 2 of … Continue reading

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Getting Started- C Jam Blues

  Learning scales and arpeggios is a good way to build your vocabulary as an improviser. For C Jam Blues (for the ease of string players we will learn this song in the key of D Major) practice these exercises: … Continue reading

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