This post discusses important vocabulary for improvising vocalists, guidelines improvisors must learn, and the difference between melody-guided improvisation and harmony-guided improvisation. It also includes a video of Jon Hendricks explaining harmony-guided improv.

Recently the Art Tatum Jazz Heritage Society threw a party to celebrate Jon Hendricks 91st Birthday. I am so glad I was there! Jon sang beautifully; it was some of the best singing I have ever heard. He has so much jazz language, especially Bebop and Hard Bop melodic and rhythmic ideas – I could listen […]

Here’s a list of some of my favorite resources. If you have others that you like please let me know! Online Ken Burns Jazz PBS has put together a variety of resources that support the Ken Burns documentary Jazz, ranging from definitions/overviews of major jazz concepts, eras and performers. The online resources are definitely worth checking […]