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In this "Melodic Cells" jazz improvisation lesson, acclaimed saxophonist Chad Lefkowitz-Brown shows you how to create harmonically intriguing lines in your solos using this technique. Chad discusses and demonstrates different ways of practicing and utilizing these "melodic cells" in your playing so that you can add tension and release to your improvisation. If you want to bring some fresh new tools and sounds to your improvisational arsenal, this jazz improvisation masterclass is for you. NOTE: There is a small PDF bundled with the download version of this video (not the $8.99 streaming version) which includes the embedded notation seen in the video.
Topics Covered: Improvisation, Diatonic Cells, Non-Diatonic Cells, Combining Cells, Exercises, Crossing Cells, Tension and Release, Resolution, Harmonic Function, "Inside Out", Shapes, Applying Melodic Cells to Changes, Modal Playing, etc.
Hailed as a “sax phenom” by The New York Daily News, Chad Lefkowitz-Brown is one of the first prominent jazz musicians to emerge out of the millennial generation. He has toured globally as a soloist, and with numerous jazz artists and pop icons ranging from Arturo O’Farrill to Taylor Swift. Chad is also a member of the multi-Grammy award winning Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra, and he is on faculty at the San Francisco Conservatory as a visiting artist. Downbeat Magazine selected his latest release, “Onward” as an Editor’s Pick for 2017, commending his “technical abilities that mask the difficulty of his wondrously intricate lines.”
A native of Elmira, New York, Chad established himself as a jazz prodigy at age 11, performing throughout New York State under the mentorship of local jazz hero, George Reed, who was known for backing legends like Teddy Wilson, Buddy Tate, and Marian McPartland.
Chad went on to pursue a formal education in the arts at the Brubeck Institute, a prestigious fellowship program created by jazz legend Dave Brubeck. While studying at the institute, he performed regularly with Brubeck and was a member of the Brubeck Institute Jazz Quintet.
Chad received many accolades during his scholastic career, including 15 DownBeat Magazine Student Music Awards for categories such as “Best Jazz Soloist” and “Best Original Song.”
Since graduating from the Brubeck Institute, Chad has performed throughout four continents, and has appeared at venues including Carnegie Hall, the Super Bowl, and Madison Square Garden. His debut album, Imagery Manifesto, was named “Debut Album of the Year” by jazz critic and author, Doug Ramsey, and his most recent recording as a leader, “Onward,” features jazz legend, Randy Brecker.