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“Jazz Arranging Power” – Keyboard Magazine, 3/13

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“Jazz Arranging Power” from the March, 2014 issue of Keyboard Magazine. Click here for original article Jazz Arranging Power By Scott Healy In my last lesson back in the January 2014 issue, I demonstrated how adding just one note can change a chord’s color and character. This month, I’ll offer up ways to give your arrangements added punch, power, and clarity. I used many of these techniques on my new album Hudson City Suite. 1. Call and Response Ex. 1 illustrates the time-honored technique known as “call and response,” which creates excitement by way of a musical “dialogue.” Here’s a…

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Boogie Down – Keyboard Magazine Lesson from 11/10

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This is a reprint of a lesson I did for Keyboard Magazine in the November, 2010 issue. Here I’m swinging the boogie, more of a Chicago blues style; the “original” boogie feel had a much straighter feel. But the same principles apply. I’d say that on the job we swing more than not, so here it is: Boogie Down by Scott Healy Click for the original article online. Before rock ’n’ roll, there was boogie-woogie. Without boogie, we wouldn’t have Little Richard, Johnnie Johnson, or Jerry Lee Lewis — or half of New Orleans piano music and most of the…

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Music Connection Review: Scott Healy Ensemble at Vitello’s Jan 21st, 2014

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  Scott Healy Ensemble – January 21st, 2014 Vitello’s Jazz Club Studio City, CA  This review by Tim Reid is from the March issue of Music Connection magazine. The Players: Scott Healy, piano; Bill Wysaske, drums; Edwin Livingston, bass; Andrew Lippman, trombone; George Thatcher, bass trombone; Brian Swartz, trumpet; Bill Churchville, trumpet; Tim McKay, bari/tenor/soprano saxes, bass clarinet; Alex Budman, tenor/soprano saxes, flutes, clarinet; Jeff Driscoll, alto/soprano saxes, flute. Summary: Scott Healy is a professional with a real resume and a real “career,” for lack of a better term. That aside, he is a creative and original voice in a…

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Scott Healy – “The Examiner” Interview – 1/16/14

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  Scott Healy: Returning To The “Hudson” Click for original article Danny Gonzolas – The Examiner – January 16th, 2014 I want to first start this off by saying that I’m a huge fan of jazz. I mean really huge. I have a nice personal collection of CD’s ranging from the greats like Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Thelonious Monk, Bill Evans and Charlie Parker to more recent studs like Dave Grusin, Roy Hargrove, Lee Ritenour, Terence Blanchard to name a few. Jazz is a subject that I’m truly passionate about because of it’s varied forms of musical expression and sadly becoming…

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Keyboard Magazine Jazz Lesson 12/13 – “One Note Jazz”

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Add One Note, Get Jazz By Scott Healy Wed, 25 Dec 2013 rss It’s a rewarding challenge for me to write a jazz lesson for rock players or classical composers who want to extend harmony and/or voice a chord on piano. I have to “break it down” – but what I always see is how the principles of jazz harmony are an accessible and, dare I say, easy to understand. Making it complex doesn’t help anyone except the textbook publishers. Take it step by step, work on it a little, incorporate it into your work, and eventually it will take….

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Grammy Nomination for Best Instrumental Composition for “Koko on the Boulevard”

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“Koko on the Boulevard” from “Hudson City Suite” receives a Grammy nomination for Best Instrumental Composition I’m thrilled, honored and quite humbled to be nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Instrumental Composition for my piece “Koko on the Boulevard”, track #8 from Hudson City Suite . I was also happy to learn that many of my friends and colleagues from LA and around the country received nominations in composition, large ensemble, arranging, producing, and engineering. It’s truly inspiring to see how many indie artists are receiving nominations in a business that traditionally has been dominated by record labels (not…

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