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Natural Harmonization (Part I)

Natural Harmonization (Part I) Harmonizing a Melody in a Natural Way by Dr. Sócrates García A question I get frequently asked at my clinics is “I created a great melody, how can I come up with chords for it?” The fact that there are many ways to harmonize a melody depending on the style of […]

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Cherish the Legacy of Billy Strayhorn

Cherish the Legacy of Billy Strayhorn by Gregory A. Morris, Ph.D. This JEN conference has great significance for the heirs of William Thomas Strayhorn, also known as, Billy Strayhorn. 2015 is the Centennial year for this jazz composer, arranger, pianist, collaborator, friend, employee, and musical partner of Edward Kennedy “Duke” Ellington. A group of Billy […]

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Chord Spelling Standardization

Chord Spelling Standardization By Jerry Tachoir While attending Berklee College of Music from 1973 – 76, there was a campaign underway to standardize the spelling of chords. I became aware of this need while writing charts for classes that contained several international students. I realized very early that the European symbol for the number 7 […]

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The U.S. Copyright Office Study on Music Licensing: Part II

Jazz Industry & Music Business Committee Examines The U.S. Copyright Office Study on Music Licensing Part II By Cheryl Slay Carr This article is the second in a series on “Copyright and the Music Marketplace,” a study issued this year by the U.S. Copyright Office. Read part one here. A Closer Look at Music Licensing The Copyright Office’s […]

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The U.S. Copyright Office Study on Music Licensing: Part 1

Jazz Industry & Music Business Committee Examines The U.S. Copyright Office Study on Music Licensing  Part 1 By Cheryl Slay Carr Last month the U.S. Copyright Office released its much anticipated study on music licensing. The study represents the culmination of written public comments, congressional analysis, and public roundtables held in Nashville, (at Belmont University College […]

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The Big Band Music of David Baker

The Big Band Music of David Baker by Monika Herzig We recently lost one of our jazz legends, David Baker, but his legacy continues. The stories, tributes, and pictures that were shared in the Remembering David Baker Facebook group speak volumes about his impact on the jazz community worldwide and beyond.  In addition, major publications all over […]

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Student Composition In Your Jazz Program

Infusing Student Composition Into Your Jazz Program by Dr. David Fodor Many school jazz programs today feature outstanding performance ensembles.  Students are well trained in the reading and interpretation of jazz charts, and soloists often display an ability beyond their years to improvise across sophisticated chord changes. However, one thing is often missing from these […]

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