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A Guide to Jazz Improvisation: E-flat Instruments

by John LaPorta
available from Amazon.com

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LaPorta is a legend in the jazz community. His unique and simple approach has become the standard by which other jazz improvisation methods are measured. Ear and rhythm training with call-and-response and play-along with legendary jazz artists on accompanying CD!

John LaPorta is a legend in the jazz community. A teacher of jazz improvisation for more than fifty years, his unique, straight-forward, and simple approach has become the standard by which other jazz improvisation methods are measured. This method will help you develop a natural and intuitive approach to improvising. A Guide to Jazz Improvisation is an invaluable touchstone for every aspiring jazz musician. A long and impressive list of famous and successful musicians have learned to develop their own unique style based on LaPorta's approach.

This method includes:

  • Jazz theory with practical explanations and applications of the jazz language
  • Rhythm training with interactive call-and-response exercises on CD
  • Performance ear training with play-along and improvisation exercises on CD
  • Opportunities to improvise with a Berklee Jazz faculty band on CD.

About the Author

John LaPorta, professor emeritus at Berklee College of Music, has composed, arranged, performed, and recorded with such jazz greats as Kenny Clarke, Miles Davis, Dizzie Gillespie, Woody Herman, Charles Mingus, Charlie Parker, Herb Pomeroy, Lester Young, and many others. LaPorta has also performed with the New York Philharmonic under the direction of Leonard Bernstein.

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