August 2nd 2018
Big Band Mania! Please check out the upcoming performances of the Stephan Guerra Big Band and the South Florida Jazz Orchestra (see the shows link above). We will be recording Steve’s new CD later this month, and the SFJO has a 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. The CD release party is scheduled at the Coral Gables Open Stage Club this September 10th. Mark it down!
Here is the link to my presentation at the 2018 IASJ meeting. Those of you interested may also want to check out the 2018 JEN presentation – same topic but if was a lecture/demo with John Hart, so it comes from slightly different angles. It may take a while to load if you have a slow connection:
Gary Keller and John Hart’s 2018 JEN presentation:
Upper Structures: The Unifying Element Between Chords, Scales, and the Melodic Line:
If you were unable to get a copy of the hand out here it is:
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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