The group is for professional composers, arrangers and performers from the Los Angeles area, and featured hands-on study of classic scores and recordings, not just of Ellington’s, but of many influential jazz composers and bandleaders from Bennie Moten and Gil Evans to Sun Ra and Ornette Coleman.
Here we dive back into large ensemble voicing, first by revisiting “Diminuendo and Crescendo in Blue” by Duke Ellington. Duke’s work in the mid 1930’s predicted and influenced the “modern” big band arrangers. Then…it’s Thad, Thad, and More Thad (Jones, that is)…this time with an emphasis on jazz theory and harmony. His sound is the fulfillment of the Old Testament Swing Era prophecy. This new sound is rich with thick harmony and intense harmonic movement…and impeccable voicing and balancing technique. We’re going to see lots of “college chords” and some challenging jazz theory. We also refer to examples from “Inside the Score” by Rayburn Wright.
Full video for this event will be available as part of our online membership program, scheduled to be launched later in 2018.