Key Improvisation Concepts

Key Improvisation Concepts

This post discusses important vocabulary for improvising vocalists, guidelines improvisors must learn, and the difference between melody-guided improvisation and harmony-guided improvisation. It also includes a video of Jon Hendricks explaining harmony-guided improv. Continue reading

Mind to Ramble, by Jon Hendricks

Mind to Ramble, by Jon Hendricks

Recently the Art Tatum Jazz Heritage Society threw a party to celebrate Jon Hendricks 91st Birthday. I am so glad I was there! Jon sang beautifully; it was some of the best singing I have ever heard. He has so much jazz language, especially Bebop and Hard Bop melodic and rhythmic ideas – I could listen … Continue reading

Along Came Betty [free vocal chart with Lyrics!]

Along Came Betty [free vocal chart with Lyrics!]

Recently a blogger asked about Jon Hendrick’s Lyrics to Benny Golson‘s composition Along Came Betty  so I transcribed the lyrics and music just for you! *Please note, there are a few lyrics I’m not entirely confident I have correct. I have underlined these lyrics in the ‘lyrics only’ section at the bottom of this post. … Continue reading

Jazz Vocal Resources

Jazz Vocal Resources

Here’s a list of some of my favorite resources. If you have others that you like please let me know! Online Ken Burns Jazz PBS has put together a variety of resources that support the Ken Burns documentary Jazz, ranging from definitions/overviews of major jazz concepts, eras and performers. The online resources are definitely worth checking … Continue reading

Nica’s Dream

Nica’s Dream

I posted a new song on my media page entitled Nica’s Dream. The music was written in 1956 by one of my favorite jazz musicians and composers, Horace Silver. I learned the song during a difficult time when I was struggling to help someone I love dearly. They were battling an addiction and I felt helpless. The problem … Continue reading