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APHS Jazz Ensemble

 

Course Information and References

This page is designed for students in the APHS Jazz Ensemble to use as a reference throughout the course. Since we will examine, primarily through performance and listening, a wide variety of styles and artists, you should refer to this page often, as a starting point for further research.

 

Background

Major Historical Time Periods:

Ragtime

Dixieland

Hot Jazz

Swing

Bebop

Cool Jazz

Fusion

Jazz Rock

   

Some links regarding improvisation:

Jazz Improv for Beginners article

A Jazz Improvisation Primer

Ed Ulman's Website

JazClass

Jim Snidero Jazz Improv Basics handout

Simple Steps to Improv

World of Jazz Improvisation

   

Interesting history links:

Here's a great article from "The Instrumentalist"

Jazz History Detailed Timeline: http://www.allaboutjazz.com/timeline.htm

Smithsonian Jazz: http://www.smithsonianjazz.org/

A Passion for Jazz – good brief timeline - http://www.apassion4jazz.net/timeline.html

To grow as an improviser, the best method is to transcribe solos played by the great artists. Here are some helpful weblinks:

Anton Schwartz: How to Transcribe

Wilktone - Advice for Beginning to Transcribe

Effective Jazz Solo Transcribing

David Liebman - The Complete Transcription Process

The Jazz Resource - First Steps

 

APHS Transcription Exercise worksheet (please print, complete, and turn in as Mr. B requests)

 

To grow as a musician, we need to study the artists from the present and the past.

Players to know (not listed in any particular order):

Piano

Art Tatum

Thelonious Monk

Duke Ellington

Herbie Hancock

Ahmad Jamal

Chick Corea

Ellis Marsalis

 

 

Clarinet

Artie Shaw

Benny Goodman

 

Bass

Charles Mingus

Jaco Pastorius

Ron Carter

Ray Brown

Todd Coolman

Milt Hinton

Dave Holland

Sam Jones

Marcus Miller

John Pattitucci

Esperanza Spalding

Victor Wooten

 

Guitar

Pat Metheny

John Scofield

Joe Pass

Wes Montgomery

Herb Ellis

Charlie Christian

Les Paul

John Abercrombie

John Pizzarelli

 

 

 

 

Drums

Gene Krupa

Buddy Rich

Chick Webb

Philly Joe Jones

Elvin Jones

Tony Williams

Art Blakey

Max Roach

Joe Morello

Roy Haynes

 

 

 

 

Saxophone

John Coltrane

Coleman Hawkins

Lester Young

Stan Getz

Art Pepper

Zoot Sims

Charlie Parker

Pharoah Sanders

Paul Desmond

Wayne Shorter

Sonny Rollins

Benny Carter

Dexter Gordon

Michael Brecker

Joshua Redman

Joe Lovano

Kenny Garrett

David Liebman

Branford Marsalis

Mark Turner

Jerry Bergonzi

Cannonball Adderley

Joe Henderson

Ornette Coleman

Grover Washington, JR.

Jeff Coffin

Trumpet

Louis Armstrong

Wynton Marsalis

Miles Davis

Dizzy Gillespie

Bix Beiderbecke

Arturo Sandoval

Maynard Ferguson

Clark Terry

Chuck Mangione

Quincy Jones

 

Flute

Eric Dolphy

Jeremy Steig

Herbie Mann

Hubert Laws

James Moody

Frank Wess

Brian Jackson

Rahsaan Roland Kirk

 

 

 

 

 

Trombone

Frank Rosolino

Trombone Shorty

J.J. Johnson

Jack Teagarden

Lawrence Brown

Curtis Fuller

Carl Fontana

Tommy Dorsey

Al Grey

Slide Hampton

Kid Ory

Robin Eubanks

Steve Turre

Wycliffe Gordon

Bill Watrous

Glenn Miller

 

Violin

Stephane Grappelli

Regina Carter

Ray Nance

Stuff Smith

Jean-Luc Ponty

 

 

Non-drumset/piano percussion


Malleted Instruments

(vibraphone/marimba)

Milt Jackson

Red Norvo

Roy Ayers

Cal Tjader

Lionel Hampton

 

 

Latin Percussion

(Congas/Bongos/Timbales)

 

Ray Barretto

Tito Puente

Willie Bobo

Candido Camero

Chano Pozo