I’m thrilled to announce the national release of my book The Living Jazz Tradition: A Creative Guide to Improvisation and Harmony published by CMA Press. This has been a labor of love over the past eight years and it’s hard to believe the book is finally here!
I began this project because I observed a disconnect between how great improvisers play and how jazz is typically taught. I’ve seen countless students who turn to educational materials become overwhelmed and uninspired. Often, these students never experience the act of spontaneous music-making because they are buried in a confusing jumble of scales, chords, patterns, and licks.
The material in The Living Jazz Tradition is process-based and can be applied by students of all levels. The early chapters focus on playing by ear, developing a strong time-feel, and creative concepts including melodic improvisation over a drone, thematic development, and free improvisation. The chapters progress through a comprehensive guide to jazz harmony with hundreds of musical examples, integrated repertoire, and creative assignments. The book includes mp3 downloads of drum grooves, drones, and rhythm section tracks.
At the new CMA Press website, you can view sample pages, read testimonials by Jerry Bergonzi, Wayne Horvitz, Dick Oatts, and Chris Bruya, or place an order.
A whole team of folks made this happen. Special thanks to my publisher Michael Stegner at CMA for putting hundreds of hours into this project, Chris Stover for editing my early drafts, and to Chris Bruya at Central Washington University and Vern Sielert at University of Idaho for piloting the pre-publication version.
Center Song received great review in the May issue of Downbeat. Jon Garelick writes that the album is “a diverse group of beautifully crafted ensemble pieces—whether free, through-composed or somewhere in between.” The issue will be available on newsstands on 4/18.
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Pre-release copies will be available exclusively at the WMEA conference at the CMA Press booth. I will also be giving three presentations on jazz improvisation for educators at the conference.
The Living Jazz Tradition has been used as a text in classes at Berklee, University of Washington, University of Idaho, and Central Washington University. Read testimonials by Jerry Bergonzi, Dick Oatts, and Wayne Horvitz HERE
You can vote for the Earshot Golden Ear Awards HERE (no registration required).
Jim Wilke, host of Jazz After Hours and Jazz Northwest, listed my album Center Song featuring Ingrid Jensen on his list of Best Northwest Jazz CDs of 2013.
Center Song has received radio airplay on over 125 stations in the U.S., Canada, and Japan, and reached #21 on the CMJ Jazz Chart and #56 on the JazzWeek Chart! Huge thanks to Mark Rini and Josh Ellman of Groov Marketing.
Tomorrow night (Monday 12/2) The UW Modern Band directed by Cuong Vu explores boundary pushing and experimental improvised music. This concert premiers five new compositions by Steve Treseler.
See below for details.
UW Modern Band at Meany Studio Theater at UW
Monday, December 2nd 2013
Price: $15/$10 Students, All Ages
The Modern Band directed by Cuong Vu explores boundary pushing and experimental improvised music. This concert features a set of brand new compositions by Steve Treseler.
Steve Treseler Trio with Jeff Johnson and Ted Poor at Cafe Solstice
Friday, December 6th 2013
4116 University Way NE (The Ave), Seattle, WA
Price: Free, All Ages, More information
The UW’s Improvised Music Festival Showcase presents the Steve Treseler Trio, featuring Steve on tenor saxophone, Jeff Johnson on bass, and Ted Poor on drums.
Center Song made the “Most Added” list on the JazzWeek and CMJ Jazz Radio charts, and the “Biggest Gainers” list on the JazzWeek chart this week! It’s getting radio play all over the country and in Canada and Japan! Huge thanks to Mark Rini and Josh Ellman at Groov Marketing and Jim Wilke, host of Jazz After Hours and Jazz Northwest.
You can order Center Song HERE.
A huge thanks to everyone who came out to my CD release show on Friday! We sold out The Royal Room, and it was a thrilling night for me. Thanks also to the Earshot Jazz Festival and everyone at The Royal Room.
Daniel Sheehan took some great photos at the show, and you can check them out on his blog HERE.
Steve will be celebrating the release of Center Song at The Royal Room on Friday, October 25th, as part of the 2013 Earshot Jazz Festival.
from the Earshot Jazz Festival website:
Seattle tenor saxophonist Steve Treseler celebrates the release of Center Song, with renowned guest trumpeter Ingrid Jensen, pianist Dawn Clement, guitarist Chris Spencer, bassist Jon Hamar, drummer Steve Korn. The group explores new material by Treseler, a piece by Jensen, a Lee Konitz tune, a Sunny Day Real Estate adaptation and some short improvisations.
Treseler attended the New England Conservatory. He graduated with a distinction in performance and was named Outstanding Soloist in the college division by DownBeat magazine. Back in the West, the young tenor player released his debut CD and his book The Living Jazz Tradition: A Creative Guide to Improvisation and Harmony. The highly regarded music education tool has been picked up by the University of Idaho and Central Washington University. Treseler attended the Banff International Workshop in Jazz and Creative Music, with resident artist Dave Douglas, and performs in the Washington Composers Orchestra (WACO), many other groups.
Click here to buy tickets from Stranger Tickets
Read the press release here.
Release Date: October 29, 2013 on CMA Records
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