5 Types of Call and Response Phrases

Call and response is deeply embedded into African-American musical traditions...


On the Edge: Improvisation in Music

Do yourself a favor and watch this stunning documentary! On the Edge:...


The Living Jazz Tradition on Sale This Weekend

My book The Living Jazz Tradition: A Creative Guide to Improvisation and Harmony...


Is Jazz a Language?

I'd like to begin unpacking the saying "jazz is a language." Insight from Louis...


Words of Wisdom from Thelonious Monk and Steve Lacy

Follow your appetite. By running away from something, you are running toward...


Practice Creativity through the Power of Limits

"I believe creativity comes from limits, not freedom." This is not a quote about...


3 Entry Points for Jazz Improvisation

The late, great trumpeter Clark Terry (a featured soloist in both the Basie and...


The Status Quo and the Purpose of Theory

Yesterday's post, Where Jazz Theory Got it Wrong expanded my audience from a...


Where Jazz Theory Got It Wrong

The status quo of jazz education has transformed songbook standards into bizarre...


Stack Your Jazz Ensemble with Soloists

If you struggle with teaching jazz improvisation in the classroom, you are not...