What we're about
Calling all Ella Fitzgerald and Dizzy Gilespie wanabees who would like to try some jazz standards for fun and practice. I'm talking about jazzed-up versions of the American Songbook--all the usual: Rogers and Hart; Porter; Arlen; Ellington; Jobim; Monk; Loesser...
I play a simple jazz piano style, and have enough equipment to sound like the better part of a trio. I am open to singers and any instrument other than bass and piano since I play piano and walk the bass. In that I hate moving my equipment, the meetup is always in my home. Space is limited, so you must always RSVP to attend.
I'm up for learning your favorite song, but to get up and running quickly, consider picking 3 songs I already play: just click on the "photos" tab above and then click on "John's song list" to see lists (5 pages) of songs I do that I have scanned into my computer. Alternately, you can look at/print sheet music here: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/a3pveq6drnp3fkg/AADNGHwQclO_uYVRbDzxd36Ya?dl=0
Let me know what songs you'd like to try (so I can run through the songs ahead of time) and tell me your email address if you'd like me to email you sheet music. Then come on out--it's a blast!
I dedicate The Richmond Jazz Workshop meet-up to my late great jazz teacher, Brother Yusuf Salim of Durham, NC. That's his picture above. He was the real deal--knew all the songs; played with jazz icons; toured the world. When he became a Muslim, he adopted the mission of bringing the black and white communities of Durham together through the medium of jazz. Thank you, Brother Yusuf, for all you did for me and the world.