Introduction to Week 2

In Week 2 we introduce the important area of Latin jazz. We start by discussing Afro-Cuban tunes and consider the basic use of claves. We then analyse and play Dizzie Gillespie’s “A Night In Tunisia”. We then look at the jazz standard “On Green Dolphin Street” which ususally combines Latin sections with swing sections. Then we introduce Bossa Novas and the three jazz standards “Recordame”, “Blue Bossa” and “The Girl Fom Ipanema”. Next we investigate the piano rhythmic lick called a montuno and illustrate its use in how it can be employed to support a soloist in the tune “Blue Bossa”. Finally we discuss the more modern utilisation of something called 8/8 or even quavers and illustrate the approach with “Blue In Green” and a new jazz standard “You Don’t Know What Love Is.”

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Learn Jazz Piano: IV. Final Topics & Two Programmed Concerts

Goldsmiths, University of London