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


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
Vitello’s E-Spot Lounge – 4349 Tujunga Ave Studio City, CA 91604