Bruce Arnold's Truefire Releases
Bruce Arnold's Jazz Guitar Summit NYC.
The Jazz Guitar Summit is a project that I'm very proud of and I hope you find it to be a great resource for understanding some of the more advance concepts in music. It took many years to film and edit this project. Personally I think this is a must own collection of the educational thoughts of some of the greatest musicians in the early 21st century. I encourage you to purchase this product it will give concepts and exercises that will keep you busy for a very long time no matter what your musical level.
"Over the past six years, I had the pleasure of staging a series of intensive 3-week jazz workshops in New York City. Each year, I invited a cross-section of musicians that I considered to be not only top players and educators but also dynamic innovators and thinkers. With the help of TrueFire, we filmed a truckload of video and then cherry-picked 525 concentrated minutes of our favorite excerpts from 16 of the artists' sessions. It's its the next best thing to having been there yourself."
Indeed, you'll be treated to over 8 1/2 hours of insight, performance examples and engaging perspectives from a veritable who's who of contemporary jazz guitar. And don't let the 'jazz" word scare you off if blues, rock or pop is your bag -- many of the concepts discussed and presented translate very well to any genre of music.
"I tend to think of this NYC Jazz Guitar Summit project as a historical document as well as a teaching tool. It illustrates the musical concepts that are being thought about and implemented by a cross section of dynamic musicians at the beginning of the 21st century, including but certainly not limited to, improvisation in all of its many approaches."
- Pete McCann covers Bass Notes, C2 Shapes, C7sus Vamps, Splitting Octaves, Perfect Fourths, D minor vamp, major scales, harmonic minor scales, melodic minor scales, Lydian scales and the ii V I Progression.
- Mimi Fox drills down on a Blues In G Arpeggios, G7 Arpeggios, 12 Bar Blues Solo, Advanced Arpeggio Concepts, Outside Arpeggios and Mixing Arpeggios.
- Randy Johnston presents Ionian tetrachords, modified Ionian tetrachords and other tetrachords.
- Leni Stern talks about composing with chords, point falling, African influences, bass lines, melody, changing keys, contrary and oblique motion and pedal tones.
- Sheryl Bailey covers dominant bebop scales, ii V progressions and microcosmic bebop lines.
- Brad Shepik discusses scale types, basic ornaments, triplet ornament, mordant, half mordant, grace note ornament, time signatures, jazz standard 7/8, odd time signatures, feeling five, 9/8 time signature and 11/8 time signature.
- Kenny Wessel shares insight on motives, motives in cycles, applying motives, motives over vamps, and motives over standards. Gene Ess demonstrates how to construct chromatic lines, major 7th chords, flat the thirds, dominant 7th chords and minor 7th chords. Roni Ben-Hur covers B flat blues, guitar comping, drop 2 and drop 3, B flat blues using drop 3, B flat blues using drop 2, rhythm guitar comping and the role of guitar comping.
- Peter Leitch presents playing rubato, music devices, last chorus solo, dynamics, guitar tone, piano players, playing bass and single note lines.
- Bruce Bartlett discusses 3 chord progressions, B flat minor 7th, symmetric diminished scale, 7 sharp 9 chord, G7 chord and right hand technique.
- Dusan Bogdanovic covers polymetric cycle, study performance, 4 notes upper 5 notes lower, meter in 9, meter in 7, 11/8 and 7/8 and cross rhythm.
- John Hart covers reharmonizations, reharmonizing standards, right hand technique, and chord melody.
- Jack Wilkins presents melody, structure of tunes, roman numerals, right hand technique, melody and bass lines, "substitute" changes, tritones and how to practice.
- Jane Getter covers what is fusion, comping guitar, soloing over F7, soloing over Em vamp, 5/4 time and 6/8 groove.
- Bruce Arnold covers learning ear training, ear training exercises, ear training blues, hexatonic scale, dominant chords and the ii V I.
Please keep in mind that there is no tab or notation to learn or reference. No rhythm tracks to play over. No etudes to practice. There are plans to add these at a future date. Currently, you are encouraged to listen, watch, ingest, process and then apply in your own playing where and when you see fit. Most of the concepts need to be fully internalized to be applied effectively. Meanwhile, sit back and take it all in and then go back to the excerpts that you found most interesting and dig deeper on your own.
- Read more about these great educators:
- Bruce Arnold : As an educator, Bruce Arnold has taught at some of the most prestigious music schools in America, including the New England Conservatory of Music, Dartmouth College, Berklee College of Music, Princeton University, New York University, New School University, City College of New York. Mr. Arnold is also the director of the New York University Summer Guitar Intensive, a program focusing on advanced improvisational skills. Of the hundreds of summer guitar courses offered in colleges nationwide, this is the only one to offer college credit and Mr. Arnold’s hand picked faculty reads like a Who’s Who of New York Guitar Players and Educators.
- Sheryl Bailey: Top recording artist, educator, composer and jazz guitarist Sheryl Bailey has eight releases as a leader, is an associate professor at Berklee College of Music in Boston, is on the faculty of The Collective in New York City, and has many educational publications to her credit including Moveable Shapes: Concepts for Re-Harmonizing II-V-Is from Mel Bay.
- Bruce Barlett: Bruce Bartlett is a Boston-based guitarist, composer and teacher. He has been an associate professor and clinician in the Berklee College of Music Guitar Department for 15 years. Bruce has taught groove ensembles in Italy, Argentina, Los Angeles, and on the Berklee campus in Boston. His band, the Bruce Bartlett Trio, has performed widely in the U.S. and internationally. Bruce’s sideman and leader work includes performances at the Boston Globe Jazz Festival, Montreal Jazz Festival, Quebec Jazz Festival, and Indonesia Jazz Festival. Bruce has opened for Weather Report and Hiram Bullock, and performed with Chick Corea on Chick Corea Day, in Chelsea, MA, in 2001. He is now working on several new projects.
- Roni Ben-Hur: Jazz guitarist Roni Ben-Hur has earned a sterling reputation as a musician and educator, renowned for his golden tone, improvisational brilliance, compositional lyricism and ability to charm peers, students and listeners alike. Eminent jazz critic Gary Giddins wrote in the Village Voice: "A limber and inventive guitarist, Ben-Hur keeps the modernist flame alive and pure, with a low flame burning in every note... [He's] a guitarist who knows the changes and his own mind." Ben-Hur - born in Israel in 1962 but a longtime American citizen, now based in New Jersey - has released nine albums as leader or co-leader, with Time Out New York calling him "a formidable and consummately lyrical guitarist." The Star-Ledger of New Jersey summed him up this way: "A deep musician, a storyteller, Ben-Hur works with a warm, glowing sound and has an alluring way of combining engaging notes with supple rhythm." Along with releasing acclaimed educational products - including the instructional DVD Chordability and method book Talk Jazz: Guitar - Ben-Hur has directed international jazz camps for nearly 15 years. Jazz guitar star Russell Malone got it right when he said: "Everything Roni does is beautiful. He has the magic touch."
- Dusan Bogdanovic: A richly gifted composer, improviser and guitarist, Dusan Bogdanovic has explored musical languages that are reflected in his style today - a unique synthesis of classical, jazz and ethnic music. As a soloist and in collaboration with other artists, Bogdanovic has toured extensively throughout Europe, Asia and the United States. His performing and recording activities include work with chamber groups of diverse stylistic orientations including The Falla Guitar Trio and jazz collaborations with James Newton, Milcho Leviev, Charlie Haden, Miroslav Tadic, Mark Nauseef, Anthony Cox and others. He has over fifty published compositions ranging from guitar and piano solo works to chamber and orchestral ensembles (Berben, GSP, Doberman-Yppan et al.), as well as close to twenty recordings ranging from Bach Trio Sonatas to contemporary works (Intuition, GSP, Doberman-Yppan, M.A. Recordings et al.)
- Gene Ess: Over his career, Gene has performed and recorded with many wonderful musicians. Some are Dave Liebman, Al Foster, Rashied Ali, Harvie S, Slide Hampton, Carlos Santana, Archie Shepp, Reggie Workman, Tigran Hamasyan, and Ravi Coltrane. Currently, Gene is composing for an upcoming trio album due for release early 2013. Gene is a veteran member of the NYC jazz scene and can be heard at venues such as the Blue Note, the 55 Bar, Bar Next Door, and ShapeShifter Lab where he directs the weekly Sunday afternoon jam session. Gene is also a member of a NYC music/arts collective - the Kettle. The collective will present member concerts, private instruction, group workshops, and look to work with other like-minded international and domestic music collectives in intellectual and artistic exchange.
- Mimi Fox : Internationally renowned guitarist/composer/recording artist Mimi Fox has been named a winner in 6 consecutive Downbeat Magazine international critic's polls and has been recognized by writers and colleagues alike as one of the most eloquent jazz guitarists on today's scene. In one of many feature stories, Guitar Player Magazine hailed Mimi as "a prodigious talent who has not only mastered the traditional forms but has managed to reinvigorate them."
- Jane Getter : Jane Getter has played with many jazz and rock greats while garnering increasing recognition as a band leader, and gifted writer and instrumentalist. Early in her career she toured with legendary jazz/blues organist Jack McDuff, which provided invaluable training ground. Her composing talents received attention when she won the ASCAP Gershwin Award for Music for Theater or Dance in the mid-90's. At this time she also toured and recorded with Michael Urbaniak's band "Urbanator", (featuring Kenny Garrett, Tom Browne and Lenny White). Getter then teamed up with drummer Lenny White (the legendary drummer from Return To Forever), and co-wrote Urbanator's smooth jazz hit "Hopskotch", along with other compositions which were recorded on White's Present Tense and Acoustic Masters cd. She then received widespread exposure playing in the Saturday Night Live band.
- John Hart: A fairly distinctive modern mainstream guitarist, John Hart has impressed many with his fine recordings as a leader for Blue Note and Concord. He began on the guitar when he was 12, graduated from the University of Miami in 1983, and moved to New York City the following year. Among his most significant associations were with Terumasa Hino,Larry Goldings, and particularly Jack McDuff, with whom he toured and recorded. In addition, Hart has been a busy music educator and performed with many top jazz artists, including Jimmy Smith, Lou Donaldson, James Moody, Mike Mainieri, the Maria Schneider Orchestra, and Steve Allen, in addition to leading his own groups.
- Randy Johnston: Randy Johnston moved to Richmond, Virginia, at age thirteen, and started off playing rock music as a teenager. He studied at the University of Miami late in the 1970s and switched focus to jazz music, playing there with Ira Sullivan. He moved to New York City in 1981, and in the 1980s played with Houston Person and Etta Jones. In 1991 he signed with Muse Records; his first two albums were produced by Person and engineered by Rudy Van Gelder. He has recorded steadily as a leader since then, and has also played as a sideman on albums with Lionel Hampton, Lou Donaldson, Jack McDuff, Lonnie Smith, and Joey DeFrancesco.
- Peter Leitch: Peter Leitch is a New York based jazz guitarist and composer. He performs in such popular rooms as Sweet Basil, Sweet Rhythm, Jazz Standard, Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola, The Blue Note, Bradley's, Zinno, Visiones and Birdland and has placed several times in the DownBeat International Jazz Critics Poll. He has been profiled in numerous magazine articles. Peter has been an adjunct professor at Long Island University and has taught at the National Guitar Workshop and the Vermont Jazz Center, the Summer Guitar Workshop at New York University and the Berklee College of Music. He conducts workshops, master classes and clinics in jazz guitar and improvisation in the United States, Europe, Canada and Australia.
- Peter McCann: Pete McCann has been an integral part of the New York City jazz scene for 25 years. He has released four critically acclaimed CDs as a leader; Extra Mile (Nineteen-Eight), Most Folks (Omnitone), Parable and You Remind Me of Someone (Palmetto). A sought-after sideman from duos to big bands, he has appeared on over 80 CDs. McCann has performed with Kenny Wheeler, Dave Liebman, Lee Konitz, Patti Austin, Brian Blade, Bobby Previte and the Maria Schneider Orchestra. He received his music degree from the University of North Texas and teaches at City College of New York and the New School in New York City.
- Brad Shepik : In addition to his own groups, Brad Shepik has performed and/or recorded with Paul Motian, Joey Baron, Carla Brey, Charlie Haden, Dave Douglas, oud/violin virtuoso Simon Shaheen, Yuri Yunakov’s Bulgarian Wedding Band and others. Since arriving in New York in 1990, Shepik has been involved several bands including Dave Douglas' Tiny Bell Trio, Matt Darriau's Paradox Trio, Pachora w/Chris Speed, Jim Black and Skuli Sverrisson, and BABKAS. He has also performed with Carla Bley's Escalator Over the Hill, Charlie Haden's Liberation Orchestra and toured and recorded with Paul Motian’s Electric Bebop Band for 5 years. Concurrently, the guitarist extended his interest in world music idioms by performing and recording in such groups as Yuri Yunakov's Bulgarian Wedding Band and Simon Shaheen’s Quantara. Shepik’s first two records as a leader, The Loan and The Well, were praised for their marriage of world music styles and jazz.
- Leni Stern : Born in Munich, Germany, Leni started playing piano at the age of six and guitar at eleven. At seventeen, she formed her own acting company, and her radical productions sold out houses across Europe. In 1977, she turned her attention to music and left for the United States to study film scoring at the Berklee College of Music in Boston. Scoring gave way to her love for guitar and in 1981, Leni moved to New York to play in a variety of rock and jazz bands. In 1983, she formed a group of her own with Paul Motion on drums and Bill Frisell on guitar. As a recording artist, she originally made a name for herself in jazz circles (her first nine albums were instrumental,) then crossed her talents over into the singer-songwriter realm, garnering consistent praise in the process. Critics have said her music incorporates “intelligent lyrics and beautifully drawn vignettes” (Washington Post), “crystalline, jazz-meets-blues guitar lines” (Guitar Player), and “thoughtful structure, evocative moods, attention to groove” (San Francisco Bay Guardian). A “Fleet and Lyrical guitarist”, (The New Yorker). “A Gifted Singer-Songwriter with a Wide-Ranging Sensibility and Sophisticated Guitar and Harmonic Chops” (The Boston Globe). Leni runs her own label, LSR/RED.
- Kenny Wessel: Ken Wessel is a versatile, sensitive and soulful guitarist and composer. A vital and personal voice on the jazz guitar, Wessel has been involved in projects playing jazz, ranging from straight-ahead to free music. Ken is also very interested in creating and investigating points of intersection between jazz and Indian music and has performed and recorded with musicians from various parts of the globe. He has performed in 27 countries at major jazz festivals, concert halls and in radio and television appearances. A dedicated jazz educator, Ken currently teaches at Long Island University (Brooklyn campus) and at CCNY. He has given clinics and Master classes at numerous institutions in the U.S. and overseas, including Yale University, Manhattan School of Music, ISCMS Festival, Istanbul, Turkey, the Jazz Education Network Conference, Atlanta, Ga, Mahaidol University in Thailand, the Music Academy in Oslo, Norway, and Columbia University.
- Jack Wilkins : Guitarist Jack Wilkins has been on the International jazz scene since the early 1970's. His flawless technique and imaginative chordal approach have inspired collaborations with Chet Baker, Sarah Vaughan, Bob Brookmeyer, and Buddy Rich among many others. A native of Brooklyn, Jack began playing guitar at age thirteen. His mentors included Johnny Smith, Django Reinhardt, Charlie Christian, Wes Montgomery, Joe Pass, Bill Evans, Clifford Brown and Freddie Hubbard. Wilkins teaches at The New School, Manhattan School of Music, NYU, and LIU. He was invited to judge the Monk Institute Guitar Competitions in Washington. He also conducts seminars on the “Great American Songbook”, and guitar clinics, both in New York and abroad. His latest CD's, "Reunion", “Christmas Jazz Guitar” the DVD's, “The Benedetto Players in Concert”, “The Benedetto Players and Guild Jazz Masters”, and “Jazz Guitar Workshop” are all currently available. A new CD is now available called “Until It’s Time” on the Maxjazz label.