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In 2013, Versace put forth bassist Ike Sturm and New York composer Deanna Witkowski as contemporary exemplars of sacred and liturgical jazz. Accordingly, John Coltrane’s “Giant Steps” , with its 26 chords per 16 bars, can be played using only three pentatonic scales. Coltrane studied Nicolas Slonimsky’s Thesaurus of Scales and Melodic Patterns, which contains material that is virtually identical to portions of “Giant Steps”.

Her band was fun and engaging and they were able to play a lot of different styles of music. She went above and beyond the call of duty to make sure that EVERYONE had a great time at our wedding. For the cocktail hour, we had a Jazz trio and then the band played our reception. They also learned a special song for our first dance and didn’t charge us extra for it. I wish I had reviewed them sooner but not a day goes by that I don’t think about how amazing our wedding was because of Yazz Jazz. Although some jazz purists protested against the blend of jazz and rock, many jazz innovators crossed over from the contemporary hard bop scene into fusion.

Coleman’s audience decreased, but his music and concepts influenced many musicians, according to pianist Vijay Iver and critic Ben Ratlifff of The New York Times. The relaxation of orthodoxy which was concurrent with post-punk in London and New York City led to a new appreciation of jazz. In London, the Pop Group began to mix free jazz and dub reggae into their brand of punk rock. Examples of this style include Lydia Lunch’s Queen of Siam, Gray, the work of James Chance and the Contortions and the Lounge Lizards (the first group to call themselves “punk jazz”). Levine points out that the V pentatonic scale works for all three chords of the standard II–V–I jazz progression. This is a very common progression, used in pieces such as Miles Davis’ “Tune Up.” The following example shows the V pentatonic scale over a II–V–I progression.

Our weekly newsletter highlights our top stories and includes your local jazz events calendar. McCoy Tyner perfected the use of the pentatonic scale in his solos, and also used parallel fifths and fourths, which are common harmonies in West Africa. In 1926, Fred Elizalde and His Cambridge Undergraduates began broadcasting on the BBC. Thereafter jazz became an important element in many leading dance orchestras, and jazz instrumentalists became numerous. An 1885 account says that they were making strange music on an equally strange variety of ‘instruments’—washboards, washtubs, jugs, boxes beaten with sticks or bones and a drum made by stretching skin over a flour-barrel.

Performing throughout the year on and off campus, Milton’s jazz combos have opened for such artists as Jim Hall, Dave Holland, Abdullah Ibrahim, Elvin Jones, T.S. Monk, Poncho Sanchez, James Taylor, and Victor Wooten. Over the past several years, advanced jazz students have toured South Africa 12 times, where Milton has a close relationship with two township groups—the Amy Foundation and the Music Academy of Gauteng. On these tours, students have delivered over $265,000 worth of donated music instruments and materials to needy South African school music programs. Jazz grew from the African American slaves who were prevented from maintaining their native musical traditions and felt the need to substitute some homegrown form of musical expression. Such composers as the Brazilian mulatto José Maurício Nunes Garcia were fully in touch with the musical advances of their time that were developing in Europe and wrote music in those styles and traditions.

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