NOW ONLINE....EXPLORING JAZZ ARRANGING
Using Garritan Jazz & Big Band
ONLINE INTERACTIVE EDITION
by Chuck Israels
We are pleased to announce a free course that we will be offering on Northern Sounds forums! "Exploring Jazz Arranging" is an entire jazz arranging course based upon an interactive version of Chuck Israels' upcoming book. The inclusion of audio examples makes this ideal for all who want to learn about jazz arranging. Chuck Israels is a true jazz legend and there simply is no better source from whom to learn about jazz arranging.
This book is destined to be a classic. The superb quality of the text with its clarity and its wealth of information, coupled with the inline audio examples, truly makes this a uniquely worthwhile and extraordinary learning experience.
For the modern composer, it is essential to have a strong background in jazz theory, in addition to orchestration and traditional harmony and theory. This course encompasses a wealth of solid grounding and practical knowledge, clearly written and explained, all generously augmented with musical examples of melody, rhythm, harmony, form, writing for 2 voices, 3 voices, 4 or more voices, writing for full band, and much, much more.
This writing is already recognized for excellence as it is currently being used at Juilliard School of Music for their course in Jazz Arranging, and we are honored to present it to you here in this enhanced interactive edition.
Hear and See the Scores with Real-time Examples
In this revised internet edition, we provide the original text , with the added capability to hear the examples of Chuck Israel's works.
One of the the most effective ways to learn jazz is by listening, and simultaneously seeing it on the score. Live playback of the score examples imparts an added dimension, converying concepts far more clearly and immediately than simply viewing what's on a printed page.
The ability to see and hear various jazz arrangements of the different examples from Chuck Israel's text is invaluable; and books alone cannot provide this level of instruction.
Here is but one example of the many animated scores in the course:
Score References & Musical Examples Using JABB:
Click on Play Button below to Play from the Score
Course Structure - Community Learning and Self-Study
With this course you read about the various concepts and you watch and listen to the various animated score examples to understand the concepts. There will be online "professors", including Chuck Israels, who will share their expertise and help guide the discussions.
The "EXPLORING JAZZ ARRANGING Using the Garritan Jazz/Big Band Library" course will initially be offered on this forum only. A new lesson will be posted periodically. The lessons will be presented in the same systematic step-by-step approach as Chuck structured it in his book. A syllabus of this course is listed in the bottom of this post.
About Chuck Israels
Composer/arranger/bassist Chuck Israels is a recognized master musician in the world of jazz. He has worked with Billie Holiday, Benny Goodman, Coleman Hawkins, Stan Getz, Herbie Hancock, J.J. Johnson, John Coltrane, and dozens of others. He is well known for being the bassist with the Bill Evans Trio from 1961 through 1966 and for his pioneering accomplishments in Jazz Repertory as Director of the National Jazz Ensemble from 1973 to 1981. He is now the Director of Jazz Studies at Western Washington University.
Chuck is a guest composer/director with various jazz ensembles and has numerous recordings to his credit. Among Chuck's many recordings as a bassist, some outstanding ones include: Coltrane Time, with John Coltrane; My Point of View, with Herbie Hancock; Getz au Go-Go, with Stan Getz; and many recordings with the Bill Evans Trio, including The Town Hall Concert; The Second Trio; Trio '65; Live at the Trident; Time Remembered; and Live at Shelley's Manne Hole.
This online course would not have been possible without the help of other very talented and dedicated people. Many thanks to Roberto Soggetti who made all of the mp3 audio examples. Roberto used a special version of the Jazz and Big Band library that he modified. Thanks to Sean Hannifin for doing all of the Flash work so that the music follows the score. Thanks to Adina Cucicov for layout and formatting. And thanks to Mark Simon and Dave Burnett for hosting this course on Northern Sounds.
To offer such a jazz arranging course, written and presented by a jazz great -- plus present it with interactive real-time examples, and open the learning process into an online co-operative -- is truly something extraordinary!
This course is initially being offered free of charge and it is our way of giving back to the musical community. There will also be a text and DVD that will be available near the conclusion of this course.
I believe that education is more important than just products and we are committed to providing every musician the means to improve their knowledge and skills. I hope you will use the concepts taught in this course in your own music and that what you will learn here will greatly benefit you for years to come.
(subject to change)
Lesson 1 - Intro & Rhythm
Lesson 2 - Bass Lines
Lesson 3 - Bass Lines (Continued)
Lesson 4 - Harmony
Lesson 5 - Harmony (Continued)
Lesson 6 - Form
Lesson 7 - Form (Continued)
Lesson 8 - Melody & Orchestration
Lesson 9 - Melody & Orchestration (Continued)
Lesson 10 - Melody & Orchestration (Continued)
Lesson 11 - The Rhythm Section
Lesson 12 - The Rhythm Section (Cont.)
Lesson 13 - Writing for 2 Voices
Lesson 14 - Writing for 3 Voices
Lesson 15 - Writing for 4 or More Voices
Lesson 16 - Writing for 4 or More Voices (Cont.)
Lesson 17 - Writing for 4 or More Voices (Cont.)
Lesson 18 - Writing for The Whole Band
Lesson 19 - Writing for The Whole Band (Cont.)
Lesson 20 - Writing for Singers<!-- / message -->