In this session, we talked about upcoming Jazz Performances in the Valley, and last night's performance by Bud Shank at Two Rivers park in Glenwood Springs. We then reviewed the cycle exercises and played through them in several different ways. We studied how the cycle would sound using 7th chord harmonies and ii-V progressions. We spent time looking at the 7-b7-6-1 cycle and how the melody of that pattern defines the 7th (of the dominant chord) to the 3rd (of the tonic chord) voice leading, and just how important the 7th to 3rd movement is.
We made some summer goals, which include:
- Play all the cycle exercises we've been working on, and the bebop scales at 118 beats/min.
- Buy 4 jazz CD's from the Historical Recordings list, and wear them out!
- Learn at least 2 tunes in every key:
- Beginning group
- Blue Bossa
- Advanced Group
- Stella By Starlight
- Just Friends
Next time, those interested will rehearse with the Denver group for the Jazz Aspen festival performance.