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Tunes for beginning improvisers

By Saul Richardson, Principal & co-founder at Jazz Workshop Australia.   Here is a selection of jazz tunes that are good for beginning improvisers using a Key Center approach. Using a key center approach, the soloist selects one scale or pattern that works well against all the chords in a tune, or in a section of a […]

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Eric Dunan Interview

Eric Dunan is an expat American trumpet player and leading jazz educator now resident in Australia. He is director of the very successful jazz program at the Wollongong Conservatorium. He is also a regular on the teaching faculty at the annual JWA Jazz Camp. He kindly answered a few interview questions late in 2012, about his life […]

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Don’t be a jerk!

Some Advice for High School and University/College Musicians. You have worked long and hard, over many years probably, to reach a high standard of playing. Maybe you even dream of becoming a professional player, or at least using your skills as a jazz musician to get some paid gigs to help you through university, or […]

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concert wrap

By Saul Richardson, Principal at Jazz Workshop Australia. We held our annual Jazz Workshop Australia ensembles concert this week, Thursday November 29 at Club Ryde X. Here are some thoughts. Earlier in the year we presented a concert of all our private instrumental students. This concert showcased another key aspect to what we do: the […]

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Jazz Improvisation: What matters most?

By Saul Richardson, Principal at Jazz Workshop Australia. What is most important? Sound, rhythm and style are the first things listeners perceive when they hear jazz. These are the things that make jazz what it is. The notes and everything else are just optional. Free players play any notes they like, but are still recognisably […]

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How to choose the right conductor for your school band: Ten tips for finding the best person for the job.

Saul Richardson B.Ed (hons), MACE Principal, Jazz Workshop Australia The fact that you have a band shows that you think it is important and can make a valuable contribution to the cultural life of your school and to your students’ education and well-being. Hire the right person for the job and the band will flourish, […]

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Ballad Thesaurus

Has there ever been a ballad played on a jazz gig that hasn’t been described as beautiful? We don’t think so! So, as a service to jazz musicians and audiences worldwide, we are delighted to present the Ballad Thesaurus, edition #1. In this first version, the words are just listed alphabetically. You probably need to […]

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Does Big Band Jazz have to be so loud?

After adjudicating at a “stage band” festival in Sydney earlier this year and listening in at some combined concerts where several school bands all played short sets, the ringing in my ears left me asking the painfully obvious question: Why does it always have to be so loud? First, as a quick aside, let’s deal […]

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