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Letters from Camp 3 Friday, July 08, 2011

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Greetings again from the Aebersold Summer Workshop!

Well the homework of last night paid off! After listening numerous times to John Coltrane playing “Countdown” and finding the harmonic patterns in the changes, I was able to navigate the musical minefield relatively unscathed in rehearsal today. Whew!

Theory this morning with David Baker was just as enlightening and intense as it was the first day. Much of the material he’s covering can be found in his book one of How To Play Bebop, published by Alfred Publishing Company.

One of the afternoon sessions every day is a master class for each of the individual instruments. Dr. Ansyn Banks, jazz trumpet professor at the University of Louisville, used a number of books in his session that may be found on the shelves at Stanton’s Sheet Music. In particular the Jamey Aebersold Play Along Series, volumes 16, 21, 24, 47 and 84. Also The Jazz Theory Book by Mark Levine and Dr. Banks’ own book, Trumpet Synthesis.

I need to give a shout out to Columbus’ own world class jazz organist, Bobby Floyd. Bobby was one of the featured musicians during the faculty concert tonight and absolutely brought the house down. When you’re in Columbus, you need to find out where Bobby Floyd is playing and give yourself a treat.

This will be my last blog from the Jazz Workshop. If you want to find out more about the educational opportunities available through Jamey Aebersold check out Jamey’s website.

That’s all for now!
The Jazz Guy

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