Treatments of the ii-V7-I Chord in Jazz Improvisation

Join Dr. David Detweiler, Assistant Professor of Jazz Saxophone at Florida State University as he explores treatments of the ii-V7-I chord in jazz improvisation. The art of jazz improvisation demands that jazz performers create musical ideas in real time based on the harmonic and melodic structure of a song. Jazz musicians are fortunate to have access to recordings made by noteworthy artists of the past and therefore can listen to and study the recordings of the jazz masters. The study and transcription of the jazz masters is crucial in understanding the art of improvisation. This presentation will show how master jazz performers Hank Mobley, John Coltrane, Sonny Rollins and Dexter Gordon use the ii-V7-I chord progression in improvisational practice. This chord progression is essential to jazz improvisation and has been handled by jazz musicians in many different ways. The proposed compilation of ii-V7-I improvisatory phrases will include a brief analysis of each idea. These analyses will display the artists’ similarities and differences in personal style.

 

Plus a Q & A with the live audience.

 

A presentation from the Jazz Education Research and Practice Journal, a publication of the Jazz Education Network.

 

charlotte lang

Swiss/Dutch saxophonist Charlotte Lang was born in 1996 in Basel and studied the bachelor and master program at the JAZZCAMPUS Basel under the guidance of Domenic Landolf and Daniel Blanc. She is currently studying the Master of Music in Global Jazz at the Berklee College of Music in Boston under the artistic direction of Danilo Pérez. In addition she is part of Terri Lyne Carrington’s Berklee Institute of Jazz and Gender Justice.

 

From 2015 to 2018, Charlotte she was a member of the Swiss National Youth Jazz Orchestra under the direction of Christian Muthspiel. Since 2020, she became a member of the German National Youth Jazz Orchestra (Bundesjazzorchester Deutschland), under the direction of Niels Klein and Ansgar Striepens. She also plays is the Austrian FJO (Frauen Jazz Orchester→Women Jazz Orchestra of Austria).

 

In 2021, Charlotte founded her own Quintet the „Charlotte Lang Group“, for what she is composing, arranging and booking. In the fall 2023, her first album will be recorded and hopefully released by a renowned label.

 

Charlotte plays in the “Swiss Jazz Orchestra” and the “Zurich Jazz Orchestra”, the two professional Big Bands of Switzerland.

Charlotte recently got the unique opportunity to write a monthly blog for the Swiss Jazz & Blues Magazine called JAZZTIME, to tell readers about her time at abroad and specifically her time at Berklee. Her graduate program lasts only until the summer of 2023. She hopes to stay in the United States to enlarge her network and build her musical career.