Yamano Jazz Masterclass

Masterclass and Jazz Clinics at Yamano Music, Tokyo Japan

I did two wonderful clinics at Yamano Music in Tokyo Japan sponsored by Yamano Music, Yamaha Woodwinds, and Daddario Woodwinds.  We had two different Big Bands on each session, discussing What is Jazz and What are Big Bands?  

View Yamano Clinic with Marshall McDonald of The Count Basie Orchestra













I’m looking forward to my 2nd Jazz Masterclass at Yamano Music in Ginza, Tokyo on January 25th:  What is Jazz?  What is Big Band Music?  I’m going to be working with the Tokyo University Big Band, and I will be focused on showing the young people how jazz is based on improvisation and the historical nature of this concept, along with basic concepts of the need for dedicated practice and understanding of harmony and theory.  Many times I hear young college bands in Japan playing during their “jazz” solo, the recorded version of a solo that they memorized.  I’m hoping to start reaching students all across Japan about the history of jazz music, and the importance of practice, theory and swing.   Jazz is a uniquely American art form but everyone can learn to appreciate and play jazz music whether one is a hobbyist or a professional.



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