Congrats to our new Frost students! You can stay up to date with our jazz saxophone studio happenings on our Frost Jazz Sax facebook page.
Already fall break time at UM. Things are hoping, almost too much to list here. I’m particularly happy to announce the Brian Lynch’s new big band album The Omni-American Book Club has been released and i am happy to have contributed. You can hear me alongside Dave Liebman on the 4th cut “The Trouble With Elysium.” Crazy chords!
A big thanks to Aldo Salvant and Janio Abreau for organizing our trip to Cuba at the beginning of the summer, a truly informative and inspirational experience. Hoping to return soon!
Next on tap for the Miami Saxophone Quartet looks like a date this summer at the Rochester International Jazz Festival – tentatively scheduled for June 22nd in Rochester, NY.
Please check out the the South Florida Jazz Orchestra’s’ wonderful new release of the music of Gary Lindsay, “Are We Still Dreaming”. I’m supremely honored to be performing on this recording alongside so many gifted musicians. Gary’s music is beautiful, unique, and eminently satisfying on every level. This recording is long overdue. Still waiting to hear about the release of the SFJO’s recording of the music of Rick Margitza. Stay tuned!
Older links (these will take a while to load – be patient!:
Upper Structures: The Unifying Element Between Chords, Scales, and the Melodic Line:
Some of the grand questions we attempted to answer:
Is there any logic behind all these scales, chords, and names?
We talk about modes, but what does “modal” mean?
If there is just a mode name how do I know what chord to play?
How is it voiced to get the right sound?
Are there any principles that tie all this chord scale theory
We need to hear it – but what is “it”?
Are there any shortcuts?
What can we learn from completely intuitive “ear” players?
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