July 2016 – February 2017

Jul
5
Tue
Kim Richmond Ensemble @ The Blue Whale
Jul 5 @ 8:00 pm

Kim Richmond

I love playing other composers’ music. I’m excited to be performing with the Kim Richmond Ensemble at the Blue Whale on July 5th, 2016. Kim is a good friend, a Grammy nominee, and a world class performer and composer. He has a massive resume and is a creative force and one of the busiest multi-reed players in town. This is an event not to be missed.

Jul
16
Sat
Herb’s Organic Quintet @ The Baked Potato
Jul 16 @ 9:00 pm

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Groove, space, funk and shuffle with organ trio plus two horns. Featuring originals and the music of Herbie, Jimmy, Wayne and many others.

Scott Healy – B3

Brian Swartz – trumpet

Tom Luer – tenor

John Chiodini – guitar

Matt Chamberlain – drums

Sep
23
Fri
Ellington Study Group LA @ Vitello's
Sep 23 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

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I’m thrilled to have the continuing support of the Academy of Scoring Arts for the sixth meeting in this new series of jazz composition workshops. See you there!–Scott

Cover charge: $12 includes unlimited coffee
Vitello’s E-Spot Lounge – 4349 Tujunga Ave Studio City, CA 91604

For more information visit Ellington Study Group website.

MATERIAL TO BE STUDIED:

miles-aheadOn the 23rd, we will start off by taking a quick listen to “Maids of Cadiz” by Gil Evans and Miles Davis. We’ll talk about some of the broad strokes: form, pace, and how Gil shapes this evocative and powerful piece. Then we’ll dive back into large ensemble voicing technique, continuing with the antiphonal style of Sammy Nestico, and introducing the chromatic, cross-doubled method of Thad Jones. We’ll refer to Ray Wright’s “Inside the Score” and Don Sebesky’s “The Contemporary Arranger”, and talk about strategies that might make your writing clearer, more transparent, expressive and powerful…and get us away from the screen and onto the score paper, away from the keyboard and back into your “inner” ear. See you then!


Composer Scott Healy leads the The Ellington Study Group LA, a hands-on study of scores and recordings of large ensemble jazz music, and music theory and orchestration techniques. The material is advanced, and is geared toward professional classical and jazz composers, film composers, arrangers and instrumentalists who want to increase their understanding and appreciation of large ensemble jazz writing. The discussion ranges from the minutia of voicing and harmony, to broader topics like form, pacing, transparent orchestration, compositional intent and improvisation. Previous classes have included works by Duke Ellington from the 1930’s, Ellington/Strayhorn from the 1950’s, and works by jazz composers, arrangers and band leaders Gil Evans and Miles Davis, Bennie Moten, Fletcher Henderson, Sammy Nestico, Thad Jones and Sun Ra.

Sep
27
Tue
With Alex Budman – Organ Quartet @ The Oyster Bar
Sep 27 @ 9:30 pm

I’m playing B3 with tenor saxophonist Alex Budman and his quartet at the Oyster Bar in Studio City – groove and jazz and funk – no cover.

SK-2 on the stage and ready to rock.

SK-2 on the stage and ready to rock.

Nov
11
Fri
Ellington Study Group LA – Ellington and Thad Jones – 1930’s to 1960’s @ Vitello's
Nov 11 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

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On Friday we will dive back into large ensemble voicing, first by revisiting “Diminuendo and Crescendo in Blue” by Duke Ellington. Duke’s work in the mid 1930’s predicted and influenced the “modern” big band arrangers.

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Then…it’s Thad, Thad and More Thad (Jones, that is)…this time with an emphasis on jazz theory and harmony. His style fulfillment of the Old Testament Swing Era prophecy. This new sound is rich with thick harmony and intense harmonic movement…and impeccable voicing and balancing technique. We’re going to see lots of “college chords” and some challenging jazz theory – we will refer to examples from “Inside the Score” by Rayburn Wright.
Cover charge: $12 includes continental breakfast
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Vitello’s E-Spot Lounge – 4349 Tujunga Ave Studio City, CA 91604

Cover charge: $12 includes unlimited coffee
Vitello’s E-Spot Lounge – 4349 Tujunga Ave Studio City, CA 91604

For more information visit Ellington Study Group website.


Composer Scott Healy leads the The Ellington Study Group LA, a hands-on study of scores and recordings of large ensemble jazz music, and music theory and orchestration techniques. The material is advanced, and is geared toward professional classical and jazz composers, film composers, arrangers and instrumentalists who want to increase their understanding and appreciation of large ensemble jazz writing. The discussion ranges from the minutia of voicing and harmony, to broader topics like form, pacing, transparent orchestration, compositional intent and improvisation. Previous classes have included works by Duke Ellington from the 1930’s, Ellington/Strayhorn from the 1950’s, and works by jazz composers, arrangers and band leaders Gil Evans and Miles Davis, Bennie Moten, Fletcher Henderson, Sammy Nestico, Thad Jones and Sun Ra.

Feb
25
Sat
Ellington Study Group LA – Theory and Brookmeyer @ Vitello's E-Spot Lounge
Feb 25 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

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On Saturday: Geek alert! I want to spend some time talking about what some call “harmonic rhythm”, a way of describing chords or a chord progression moving through time and how harmonic movement can define phrases and form. I’ll discuss how you might use the ebb and flow of some jazz harmony to expand the usual contemporary diatonic/modal vocabulary of a lot of today’s film and pop music. It’s all about opening up your inner ear and unlocking emotional and expressive potential of even the simplest phrase…and along the way perhaps leading you to a deeper understanding and appreciation of the jazz harmonic language.

 

Then we’ll move to a detailed discussion of “Hello and Goodbye” by Bob Brookmeyer from “Live at the Vanguard” by Mel Lewis and the Jazz Orchestra. I’ll have a projected full score and printed musical example handouts. Be square or be there! –Scott

 

Cover charge: $12 includes continental breakfast
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Vitello’s E-Spot Lounge – 4349 Tujunga Ave Studio City, CA 91604
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