Reggie Watts, Louis Cole & Michael Stegner Trio Monday at Zebulon

I wanted to post a reminder about Monday’s show at Zebulon. I’m very excited and honored to be playing with these geniuses.

You can order your tickets here: https://www.ticketfly.com/purchase/event/1677226

The Facebook even page is here: https://www.facebook.com/events/756192954571352/

Here’s a little promo video with sounds from the last show…

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April 16th at Zebulon – Reggie Watts, Louis Cole and Michael Stegner Trio

Reggie Watts, Louis Cole and I will be playing another improvised show on April 16. Novena Carmel will be kicking the night off with a DJ set.

The doors are at 8:30 pm. The cover is $10 (order in advance as the last two have sold out).

Order tickets here: https://www.ticketfly.com/purchase/event/1677226?utm_medium=bks

Facebook even page is here: https://www.facebook.com/events/756192954571352/

Here is a sample of what the last show sounded like (click here if you cant see the video):

Here is our bio in case you want to learn more about the project:

Fate would have it that Reggie Watts, Louis Cole and Michael Stegner all happened to have flat tires simultaneously in a small town in Idaho last September. After meeting in the local tire shop lobby, they struck up a friendly conversation and realized that they each had an affinity for handmade vegetable dumplings. This was the beginning of a musical relationship that has seen them perform in 251 countries and seven states in January alone. Their emotional performances innovate while drawing from their no-wave, shoe-gazing electro and ambient trip-hop heroes.

One guy who saw them in Bulgaria last week said it was the best show he’d ever seen.

New Improvisation with Reason

For the last several years I’ve been learning more about sound design and electronic music. My students would push me pretty hard when we would work on these concepts forcing me to keep pace. I’ve finally gotten up the skills with the tech to start improvising more freely. Here’s as short sample something I improvised today when working with a program called Reason. First I programmed the drums and the sounds, then improvised on the keyboards. I hope you enjoy it!

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Sonata Form and Jazz Solos Rethinking what it means to "solo" in jazz

A couple of years ago I began to shift away from using the word “solo” with many of my jazz students. This was especially the case for beginning improvisers or the ones who were preoccupied with the chord progressions or playing a barrage of disconnected patterns or licks. Many of them started to sound way better in a very short amount of time.

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Beginning Improvisation: Phrasing Video tutorial on phrasing concepts while improvising

Improv Tutorial Phrasing PicPhrasing often gets overlooked when we learn to improvise. This video covers the basics of phrasing on Twinkle, Twinkle and the opening passage of a Mozart Sonata. There are a few splices in the video as the camera kept shutting off – I’m still learning to use the new gear! I hope you enjoy it.

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