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Zoom Workshop #69
Wed 1 Nov 7:30pm
Contrary to what the title says, this album was not recorded at "the club", but at Capitol Studios in Hollywood. To create the effect of a live club recording there was an invited studio audience and an open bar provided! Apparently, the Club DeLisa in Chicago was owned by a friend of Cannonball Adderley, who offered to give him some free publicity. This album also features the hit track Mercy Mercy Mercy, which I have already covered in a previous class (workshop #32).
This tune is a simple riff melody with a repeated turn around and "stop" figure which allows for a great solo break on each chorus. The funky boogaloo groove creates a lot of energy and this tune is a lot of fun to solo on. We'll also be learning some of the licks which I've transcribed off the recording.
I've made custom play-along tracks to practice with and these audio tracks, along with all of the notation, exercises and full band parts are included as FREE DOWNLOADS when you sign up for the class.
Everyone is muted in the class, so you are welcome to play along as much as you like, or just tune in and observe. Either is fine. There is also a Q&A session at the end of the class.
The workshop lasts 1hr and starts at 7:30pm UK time
(2:30pm Eastern & 11:30am Pacific)
Free samples from past online jazz workshops
Clip #47 A Night In Tunisia - Generating bebop language with chromatic approach notes
Clip #53 So What - Using internal arpeggios to create melodies with modes
Clip #60 Blue Moon - Dizzy Gillespie Bebop lick featuring enclosures and chromatic passing notes
Clip #33 The "Islands of Sound" concept for Modal Jazz and bitonality on Cantaloupe Island.
Clip #32 (Mercy Mercy Mercy) Simple Solo Ideas using the Phrasing of Joe Zawinul
Clip #27 (Freddie Freeloader) Analysis of Miles Davis' Solo on Freddie Freeloader
Repertoire covered in online jazz workshops
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Ann - tenor saxophone
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Peter Horah - tenor saxophone and flute
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Gavrielle - guitar
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Hilary Martin - drums
“I met Buster for the first time at one of his jazz workshops which I attended to develop my chromatic harmonica skills to include some jazz numbers into my performances. This was a new experience for me and as a first-timer I found Buster to be an extremely good teacher, with clear explanations and demonstrations of the scales and note progressions, for the tune we were learning that day. He was very encouraging to all the attendees, whatever their level of experience”
Ross Jacques - chromatic harmonica
"I have been going to Buster’s workshop sessions for some time now and his teaching skills are brilliant. He somehow makes what is seemingly complicated, understandable and simple and, more to the point, as a saxophone player, his teaching gets the music coming out of my horn - no mean feat! His knowledge of jazz is encyclopaedic and gives us students great understanding of how the music we are working on is constructed and developed by whichever jazz master we are studying. Every workshop or lesson he gives is underpinned by clear, straightforward teaching materials. Buster is able to accommodate with great patience, whatever level a student is at and is very encouraging and supportive. He also has a great sense of humour and an inexhaustible fund of stories and jokes! I am definitely going to continue my musical learning during this period of “social distancing” with Buster’s online lessons. Can’t recommend him highly enough!"
Lorrie Benwell - tenor sax
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Tom Wiles - drums
"I have had the pleasure of attending many of Buster's workshops. He explains jazz theory really well and his enthusiasm is infectious. I always come away feeling I've learnt a great deal - and had a lot of fun in the process."
Matt Male - tenor saxophone and flute
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Ian Rowe - guitar and piano
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Wendy - piano
"Both my daughters have been taught drums and piano by Buster over the years. He is an absolutely inspiring teacher, I wish he was around when I was learning to play drums. He is an incredibly empathetic teacher and always gets the best out of the sessions he delivers. Lately the online teaching has been a real godsend as we are all unable to meet at the moment. My daughter Isabella (15) is having weekly online piano lessons with Buster. These have been flawless and have gone without a hitch. Isabella has really enjoyed them and has made great progress. She is looking forward to being able to go back to the normal teaching methods, but the online sessions have been just as good as one to one lessons. I can highly recommend Buster he is an incredible musician and teacher."
Jason Dibley - drums and piano