Your students could spend WEEKS going through all of the resources in this post – curated from J.W. Pepper – by Mary Rogelstad –
Throughout the years, J.W. Pepper has been fortunate to interview many jazz musicians who have shared their experiences perfecting these jazz basics, along with explaining how to make them accessible to students. Here are some of these interviews, along with other resources:
Multiple successful jazz musicians, including Pat Martino, Roger Ingram, Paquito D’Rivera, Dave Liebman, and Christian McBride, share the wisdom they’ve gained from years in the industry.
Successful composers and musicians, including Eric Whitacre, Rollo Dilworth, Brian Balmages and Mary Lynn Lightfoot, share how jazz influenced their work in other music genres.
Jeff Coffin from Dave Matthews Band gives details on the importance of practicing scales in all the keys to prepare for jazz gigs, among other topics.
Sherrie Maricle from the all-female DIVA Jazz Orchestra talks about how she became a percussionist and why it’s important to listen to jazz to understand how to swing when playing.
These videos give ideas on how to make jazz music accessible to young children:
These lesson videos can be used in conjunction with Jazz for Young People (Volume 1: New Orleans & Jelly Roll Morton) and Jazz for Young People (Volume 2: Louis Armstrong):
In these videos, Marcus Printup and Victor Goines from the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra talk about jazz legends and the importance of studying jazz history.
Enjoy performances from Pat Martino, Dave Liebman, Jeff Coffin, and The U.S. Army Brass Quintet.