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 a style most often associated with pop music, but is used very often in jazz: rock.
Playing in a rock style means playing eighth notes straight. Accented notes should have strong punched attacks. Make certain there is a clear difference between notes marked long and short. Listen carefully and sing the rhythms to internalize the feel. To demonstrate we will use exercises from Lucky Seven, 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 Luck Seven 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!