Jazz is all about rhythm, and brass and woodwind players express rhythm through articulation. Learning to articulate in a variety of styles is very important to the sound of the jazz ensemble. This session will focus on the style that originates from Brazil and is used in many jazz standards. The formal name is Bossa Nova but it is commonly shortened to Bossa.
Bossa is played with straight eighth notes. Strings of eighth notes should be played smooth and connected whether or not they are marked with a slur. Observe markings carefully on quarter notes and isolated eighths. Singing the rhythms will help you. To demonstrate we will use exercises from Summer in Sao Paulo, one of the 12 tunes found in First Place for Jazz
Listen to the example in Rhythm Figure D1 and imitate the performers on the recording as closely as possible.
Apply these concepts in performance. You can play SISP with your big band. If you are practicing by yourself or with a small group of friends, use the Lead Sheet. A full rhythm section accompaniment track is included with the Lead Sheet.
First Place for Jazz also includes exercises and tunes that focus on different styles that may use different articulations. The more styles you are familiar with, the wider variety of music you can play.
Happy Practicing, and keep in touch!