My wife and I have moved to the beautiful Asheville, North Carolina area. I’m in the beginning process of several artistic and educational projects which I will be updating on this News page as they progress.
here are some of my latest Teaching developments:
I’ve begun doing Skype lessons which you can read more about HERE.
I will be joining the faculty at two local music schools:
Music Academy Asheville in Asheville
Jim Beaver School of Music in Hendersonville
Please contact the most convenient location for you if you are interested in local, in-person lessons.
I will also be working with my wife Sondra on our joint after-school program: Alpha-Beat Soup which merges our two programs, Rhythm Rocks and Take My Word For It, into a new arts education format for elementary and middle school kids.
This book was originally published online in 2005 and has been one of my main teaching sources at The California Jazz Conservatory, in Berkeley, CA., ever since. It was made possible with the generous financial and technical help of the my friend, and student, the late Ben Randall, with the assistance of Jerome Draper. The first printing has since sold out, but is now available in PDF format for anyone to download from this site.
I’ve broken it up into 2 packets for ease of use:
*Packet #1 includes the introduction, anatomy of an exercise, table of contents, Book One, chapter 1- comping, and Book Two - sequences
*Packet #2 includes Book One, chapter 2 - fills and solos.
I’m planning to add more chapters over time, which will each utilize much of the same concepts and sequences in new ways, so stay tuned for those!
Thank you for your interest!