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January 30, 2015

Chick Corea: A Listener’s Companion

chick2I have to confess, I’m a total Chick Corea nerd.  Spain was one of the first jazz tunes that I learned and when I realized that we have a birthday in common, I was hooked. For my undergraduate thesis, I decided to analyze the piano styles of Art Tatum, Thelonious Monk, and Chick Corea.  (more…)

January 23, 2015

Remembering Cynthia Layne

CynthiaLayneThe news spread fast on Monday – Indianapolis lost one of the most talented, beautiful, kind members of its jazz musician community, vocalist Cynthia Layne.  Throughout my 20+ years as a member of the community our paths have crossed many times and in many ways not only as colleagues but as mothers and label mates.  (more…)

January 11, 2015

JEN Conference 2015

JEN Board 2On my last day in San Diego before returning to a frozen Indiana, I have a few minutes to reflect on the Jazz Education Network Conference that I was able to be a part of this weekend.  (more…)

January 1, 2015

The Number Games

Recently I’ve been experimenting with improvising on a sequence of numbers, usually dates.  For example if the date is 12-31-2014, I’ll translate the numbers into scale degrees and a 0 just means hang on to the last number a bit longer.  (more…)

December 29, 2014

2014 In Review

Yes, it’s that time to reflect on a year that’s about to be over and make new resolutions for the coming year.  Here is my collection of high and low points and I would love to hear about yours! (more…)