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 defines jazz -- swing.
Playing in a swing style is more than playing eighth notes with a triplet feel. Even if articulations are clearly marked, it is critical to listen to swing music. Singing the rhythms will help you To demonstrate we will use exercises from A Darker Shade of Gray, one of the 12 tunes found in First Place for Jazz
Listen to the example in Rhythm Figure and imitate the performers on the recording as closely as possible.
Try the same thing with a different rhythm. Listen carefully, and sing and play along with the recording.
Apply these concepts in performance. You can play A Darker Shade of Gray 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!