Length: Video 1 - 69:43, Video 2 - 51:11, Video 3 - 58:25
Description: This discounted bundle includes videos 1, 2, 3 and the PDF from Andy LaVerne's Jazz Piano Series.
Video 1: In part one (1 of 3) of this jazz piano masterclass, acclaimed pianist Andy LaVerne discusses and demonstrates techniques used by the legendary musician Bill Evans. Andy recounts his time with Bill and the priceless lessons he learned about his iconic playing style. If you are a fan of Bill Evans or if you are just looking to take your jazz piano playing to the next level, this is great video! Note: This video also contains some images of Bill Evans' handwritten charts.
Topics Covered: Bill Evans, Harmonic Goals, Bill's "Stella" Changes, Enclosures, Avoid Notes, Alternate Changes, Bill Evans' Voicings, Upper Structures, Modes, Superimposition, Chromatic Tones, Swing Eighths, Pedals, Reharmonization, ii V I's, Voice Leading, Using 6ths, Quintal Voicings, Jazz Licks, The Bill Evans Ending, Scale Tone Triads, "Altered" Chords, Moving Triad Pairs, Locked Hands, Drop 2 Voicings, The Diminished Scale, Rootless Voicings, Time Remembered, The Bill Evans Ending, Etc.
Video 2: In part two (2 of 3) of this jazz piano masterclass, acclaimed pianist Andy LaVerne discusses and demonstrates a wide variety of harmonic concepts for the piano. Andy performs his song, "Crystal Night" (accompanied by Brian Charette and Billy Drummond) and he explains the concepts involved within the arrangement as well as with his improvisations. This info-packed masterclass includes explanations and demonstrations of soloing over changes, comping, scale choices, compositional aspects and more. This video series will have you practicing for a long, long time.
Topics Covered: Jazz Piano, Comping, Soloing Concepts, Inner Voice Movement, Scale Tone Triads, Melody and Motion, Modulations, Upper Structures, Modes, Tertial and Quartal Harmony, Chromatic Tones, ii V I's, Voice Leading, Alternate Voicings, Jazz Licks, The Minor IV Chord, BeBop, "Altered" Chords, Etc.
Video 3: In part three (3 of 3) of this jazz piano masterclass, acclaimed pianist Andy LaVerne discusses and demonstrates a wide variety of harmonic concepts for the piano. Andy performs some of his original songs (accompanied by Brian Charette and Billy Drummond) and he explains the concepts involved within the arrangements as well as with his improvisations. This info-packed masterclass includes explanations and demonstrations of soloing over changes, comping, scale choices, compositional aspects and more. This video series will have you practicing for a long, long time.
Topics Covered: Jazz Piano, Upper Structure Triads, Comping, Soloing Concepts, Passing Chords, Clusters, Alternate Changes, Distributing Lines Between Two Hands, Triad Pairs, Arpeggiation, Tremelo, Pentatonic Scales, Quartal Voicings, Harmonic Function, Etc.
PDF Info:This 24 page PDF includes all of the lead sheets embedded in Andy’s masterclass videos (1,2 & 3). It also includes the handwritten Bill Evans’ charts, chord voicings, scales and more (from the videos). It does not include Andy’s transcribed improvisations and it is not intended to be used without the videos. This is a supplemental PDF.
Jazz pianist, composer, and arranger Andy LaVerne, born Dec. 4, 1947, in Brooklyn, NY, studied at The High School of Music & Art, Ithaca College, Juilliard, Berklee, the New England Conservatory, and took private lessons from pianists Jaki Byard, Richie Beirach, Don Freidman, and jazz piano icon Bill Evans. The list of musicians with whom Andy has worked reads like a Who’s Who in jazz: Frank Sinatra, Stan Getz, Woody Herman, Dizzy Gillespie, Chick Corea, Dave Brubeck, Branford Marsalis, Lionel Hampton, Michael Brecker, Elvin Jones, Miroslav Vitous, Lee Konitz, Gerry Mulligan, Sonny Stitt, Benny Golson, Eddie Gomez, Mel Lewis, Mel Torme, Randy Brecker, Jerry Bergonzi, Dave Samuels, John Abercrombie, & numerous others.
A prolific recording artist, his CD projects as a leader number over 60. LaVerne’s lastest CD’s are, Live From New York (SteepleChase), a duo with longtime collaborator John Abercrombie, Three’s Not A Crowd (SteepleChase), with Mike Richmond and Billy Hart, and I Have A Dream (SteepleChase) with Gary Versace and Anthony Pinciotti. He has recorded three disks for Yamaha PianoSoft, By Name Only, Why Ask Why? and In Walked Bud. Andy served as the music director and pianist on 21 volumes of the critically acclaimed SteepleChase Jam Session CD series. LaVerne appears on over 100 recordings as a sideman. His original compositions have been recorded on his leader and sideman projects.
Andy is also a prominent jazz educator, having released a series of instructional videos, Guide to Modern Jazz Piano, Vols. 1 &, 2, and Jazz Piano Standards (Homespun Tapes), featuring the Yamaha Disklavier, as well as the performance videos, In Concert (Homespun), and The Art of The Duo (Mel Bay), both with John Abercrombie. Andy also has done two projects for Band In A Box (PG Music), Andy LaVerne Mainstream Soloist, and Andy LaVerne Pentatonic Soloist. He is the author of Handbook of Chord Substitutions, Tons of Runs (Ekay), The Music Of Andy LaVerne (SteepleChase Publications), and Bill Evans Compositions 19 Solo Piano Arrangements (Hal Leonard). Countdown To Giant Steps (Aebersold Jazz) is a two CD playalong with companion book, of which LaVerne served as player/producer & writer. Tunes You Thought You Knew (Aebersold Jazz) is a LaVerne playalong CD/book set of reharmomizations. Secret of the Andes, a new Aebersold playalong is a collection of Andy LaVerne compositions. He heads the rhythm section on the Hal Leonard playalong of The Music of Chick Corea. His newest books are QuickChords and Chords In Motion (Aebersold Jazz).
Andy is a contributing editor (since 1986) for Keyboard Magazine. His articles have also appeared in Piano Today, Down Beat, Jazz Improv, Piano Quartely, Piano Stylist, Jazz and Keyboard Workshop, and JazzOne.
Andy is the recipient of five Jazz Fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, and winner of the 2000 John Lennon Songwriting contest for his tune Shania. He is the recipient of a Meet The Composer Grant, and numerous ASCAP Awards. He has appeared at concerts, festivals, and clubs throughout the world, and has also presented Clinics and Masterclasses at Univeristies and Colleges including: Berklee College of Music, Eastman School of Music, University of North Texas, University of Miami, Florida International University, Ithaca College, Middle Tennesse State University, University of Colorado, University of North Carolina, University of South Carolina, Indiana University, Capital University, Miami Dade College, Webster University, and conservatories around the world. Recently he has toured and recorded with legendary singer/songwriter Neil Sedaka. Andy has taught jazz, piano, improvisation, and compostion at The University of Bridgeport, Mannes College of Music, The New School, William Patterson University, and SUNY Purchase. He is professor of Jazz Piano at The Hartt School-Jackie McLean Institute of Jazz-University of Hartford, and is on the faculty of the Aebersold Summer Jazz Workshops.