Night and Day – Reharmonization Ideas

Night and Day – Reharmonization Ideas

“Night and Day” is a commonly played jazz standard in jam sessions, cocktail piano settings, and on many popular jazz recordings. In this article we’re going to examine a few chord substitution ideas that you can sprinkle into your playing on Night...
Quartal Voicings – Fourth Voicings

Quartal Voicings – Fourth Voicings

  The term “quartal” in music refers to the interval of a fourth. When musicians refer to quartal voicings they are referring to chords that are built using intervals of a fourth (as opposed to intervals of a third, like major or minor triads, which...
Introducing Our New Organ Instructor, Mr. Darby Wolf!

Introducing Our New Organ Instructor, Mr. Darby Wolf!

Darby Wolf is a pianist, keyboardist, and organist living in the Western-Massachusetts area who performs regularly throughout New England and New York City and has toured nationally with various ensembles.  He is an aficionado of vintage keyboards and music gear as...
Organize Your Piano Repertoire

Organize Your Piano Repertoire

In this article we’re going to discuss categorizing jazz tunes so as to better organize your piano repertoire. A common question amongst jazz piano students that I hear often is “which tunes should I learn first?” This is really an excellent...
How Do You Memorize All of Those Notes?

How Do You Memorize All of Those Notes?

“Oh my gosh! How do you memorize all of those notes you just played without any sheet music?” Once in a while I’ll play a gig and someone will come up to me and say something like that. It makes sense that a non-pianist might see my fingers touching...
“Top 5 Desert Island Albums”

“Top 5 Desert Island Albums”

Shout-out to Mark B. (one of our great students on the site) for asking this question and inspiring this blog post.  A truly tormenting question to ask a musician, but a fun one nonetheless.  “If you could only take 5 albums with you on a deserted island, what...
3 Piano Practice Tips for the New Year

3 Piano Practice Tips for the New Year

In preparation for the New Year’s resolutions that we all like to make (and often break) I’m bringing you 3 of my “Top Piano Practice Tips” in this article. Much like going to the gym or learning a new language, improving at the piano (or any...
In The Room With… David Logeman

In The Room With… David Logeman

  If you are a drummer that has played with both Frank Zappa and the Beach Boys, two of America’s most iconoclastic artists, then you are one versatile musician.  David Logeman is that versatile.  Beginning with his Midwest upbringing that had him forming...
What I’m Listening To… Jason Robert Brown

What I’m Listening To… Jason Robert Brown

Many times I’m listening to pieces of music that I’m working on or learning for different gigs or performances.  Right now I’m preparing for a job as a Musical Director for a show entitled “The Last 5 Years” by Jason Robert Brown which will be staged in February/March...
In The Room With… Santa Davis

In The Room With… Santa Davis

Carlton ‘Santa’ Davis is the drummer in reggae’s rolodex. Over the past 40 years he has performed with legends Bob Marley, Peter Tosh, Jimmy Cliff, Mighty Diamonds, and Burning Spear, as well manning the backbeat in Ziggy Marley’s band, a chair he’s held for more than...
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