What we're about
This is not the 'random play through the real book' jam. We decided to focus on improving our soloing through a structured workshop approach to specific tunes. Our goal is to learn a few tunes at a time but know them well. We should ultimately have all of our tunes memorized, both head and changes.
We choose a few tunes for each session and send out charts, original recordings, and also play along practice tracks.
Our prep work is to listen to the original recordings first, using our ear to pick up the intros and endings as done on the recordings. We listen carefully to the soloists. Do they play a lot of notes, a few, do they play phrases and space, or long continuous unbroken lines? How does the first chorus of each solo compare to the last? Dynamics, range, harmonic tension? Listen with a purpose.
Tentative schedule every other Thursday, 7-9, 104 cantera circle, Santa Fe NM 87501 505-699-5815