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Improvisation - Virtual Clinic with University of Nebraska Jazz (2/3)

Updated: Apr 29, 2021

Yowza! "Call and response" in tempo over Zoom? How's that gonna work exactly... Well, it's a good thing I'm used to improvising. 😳 I'm sure we'll figure out how to make it work in a meaningful way with the young lions of UNO's Jazz Combo program.

Improvisation: building a solo through theme and variation

with University of Nebraska, Omaha, jazz combo class

Same jazz students, different jazz channel

In a repeat performance, so to speak, I've been invited by UNO's Coordinator of Jazz Studies, Pete Madsen, to do a Virtual Clinic with his Jazz Combo class — largely thanks to the generous support of the Nebraska Arts Council, not to mention a good word from my old mentor Antonio J. Garciá.

Many of these students are also members of the Jazz 1 Big Band with whom I met last week, so we'll try our best to build upon that experience and avoid redundancy.

University of Nebraska, Omaha's Jazz 1 streams live on Nov 12th 2020

A solo undertaking

I got to hear a number of these fine musicians do some soloing at their concert which was streamed on YouTube a couple of weeks ago. Though they clearly had digested a number of fundamentals relating to spontaneous composition aka improvisati