University of the Pacific

 

Event Title

Talking Jazz

Location

Biology Building, Room 101

Start Date

1-1-2015 6:00 PM

End Date

1-1-2015 7:00 PM

Description

Jazz Improvisation is one of the most creative musical genres and provides the artist with the opportunity to create "art on the spot." In this session, I will discuss the tradition of jazz improvisation, beginning in the swing era and progressing into the current day. Many people who don't know much about jazz think that the musicians simply play any combination of notes they want when improvising, but I will introduce the audience to the framework jazz musicians use to improvise and some of the parameters for creating interesting solos that tell a story and are creative and personal in nature. I will demonstrate common improvisational techniques within performances of a few jazz compositions.

Speaker Bio

Patrick Langham, who joined the Conserva­tory of Music in the fall of 2003, serves as Professor of Music and Director of Jazz Stud­ies. He earned his Bachelor and Master of Music degrees in Jazz Studies from the University of Tennessee. His previous teach­ing positions have included Tusculum College (TN) and the University of South Carolina Upstate. As a saxophonist, Profes­sor Langham has performed with distinguished jazz artists and in numer­ous jazz festivals throughout the United States and in Barcelona, Spain. As a program director, he has developed and taught courses in jazz history, theory, improvisation, and performance. He directs the Pacific Jazz Ensemble and leads his own professional groups.

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Jan 1st, 6:00 PM Jan 1st, 7:00 PM

Talking Jazz

Biology Building, Room 101

Jazz Improvisation is one of the most creative musical genres and provides the artist with the opportunity to create "art on the spot." In this session, I will discuss the tradition of jazz improvisation, beginning in the swing era and progressing into the current day. Many people who don't know much about jazz think that the musicians simply play any combination of notes they want when improvising, but I will introduce the audience to the framework jazz musicians use to improvise and some of the parameters for creating interesting solos that tell a story and are creative and personal in nature. I will demonstrate common improvisational techniques within performances of a few jazz compositions.