Trumpeter Blue Mitchell was a soulful, straight-ahead, melodic icon of the hard bop era, known mostly for his work with the Horace Silver Quintet. Often an overlooked player today, Blue’s swinging lines and melodic approach offer strategies improvisers on any instrument can utilize to create successful solos which outline chord changes, use rhythmic motivic development, and utilize melody. By listening to reference recordings and analyzing written transcriptions (personally transcribed), this workshop explores Blue’s improvisational tactics on using the melody of tune, enclosures, bebop scales, how to build & shape a solo, rhythmic development, phrasing, and much more. In addition to a listening list and transcription handouts, the workshop will include line excerpts and exercise examples to practice.
Trumpeter Woody Shaw is considered the last major innovator in the lineage of 20th-century trumpet that began with Joe "King" Oliver, Louis Armstrong and extended through Harry James, Roy Eldridge, Dizzy Gillespie, Fats Navarro, Miles Davis, Kenny Dorham, Clifford Brown, Lee Morgan, Booker Little, Donald Byrd, and Freddie Hubbard. Shaw was inspired heavily by saxophonists John Coltrane and Eric Dolphy and pianist McCoy Tyner, as well as by various world musics and European classical composers. Shaw sought to extend the legacy of jazz by systematically advancing the tonal, harmonic, melodic, rhythmic and improvisational language of modern trumpet playing. This workshop analyzes harmonic, tonal, and intervallic approaches and techniques used prolifically by Shaw using recording references and transcribed solo excerpts (personally transcribed). In addition to a listening list and transcription handouts, the workshop will include exercise examples and discuss how to practice and apply them in context.
NOTE: Both workshops, though focusing on trumpeters, are OPEN FOR ANY INSTRUMENT, meaning we will be discussing their improvisational strategies which can be APPLIED TO ANY INSTRUMENT. There is a playing component to these workshops so BRING INSTRUMENTS.