Joel Frahm Tenor Sax Solo Transcription from Live at Smalls

by Russ Nolan (note: if the manuscript is not clear in full-screen mode, you may try to rewind–worked for me– or you can download the .pdf file here: Joel Frahm-Short Rack Solo-Smalls Live ) Short Rack Tenor Solo by Joel Frahm With his permission, I would like to

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Jazz Composition and Improvisation—One and the Same: Part 3

by Russ Nolan Jazz Composition and Improvisation:  The Melodic Development of Sonny Rollins More Oleo Examples from Part 2:   Link to this post!

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Jazz Composition and Improvisation—One and the Same: Part 2

by Russ Nolan Jazz Composition and Improvisation: Melodic Development of  Sonny Rollins’ Oleo Let’s take Sonny Rollins’ classic, ‘Oleo’ as a musical example. I picked Oleo for two reasons: 1) It is an example of melodic development in itself, and 2) It’s common to just ‘run changes’

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Teaching Jazz As A Language Part 3: Are You Relevant?

by Russ Nolan Teach Jazz Students to be Relevant Jazz as a Conversation Finally, as important as it is to give beginning improvisers the proper tools to build with, it’s equally important to reinforce the idea that these tools are only the means to the end, not the

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Teaching Jazz As A Language Part 1: The Blues Scale as the First Words

by Russ Nolan Teaching Jazz As A Language: First Words One for the most challenging aspects of learning how to improvise or how to teach improvisation is where to start. Most of us did not grow up listening to Jazz around the house, however, we did grow

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