In this "Horizontal Improvisation" jazz piano masterclass, pianist Jeff Colella shows you how to play musically through the chord changes. Jeff discusses how to avoid the limitations and traps of vertical chord scale thinking, so that you can improvise fluently across the form. If you're caught up in a "station to station" way of soloing and you want to learn how to phrase musically within jazz standards, this piano masterclass is for you.
Topics Covered: Piano, Improvisation, Thinking Horizontally, Playing Through Chord Changes, Chord Tones, Melody, Voice Leading, Phrasing, Form, Jazz Harmony, Guide Tones, Target Notes, Hearing The Direction, Following the Melodic Shape, Using Rhythm, Common Tones, Motifs, Etc.
Jeff Colella is one of LA’s busiest jazz pianists. Besides performing in concert as a solo artist and with his trio, he maintains a very active schedule as an accompanist, recording artist, arranger, clinician and teacher. The list of artists that Jeff has performed and recorded with over the years is extensive. Besides touring with the late, legendary Lou Rawls as his pianist and conductor for nearly sixteen years until his untimely passing, Jeff toured worldwide for seven years with the Jazz Tap Ensemble and served as Musical Director for another of our legendary singers, Jack Jones. He has worked with Diane Schuur, Gregory Hines, Savion Glover, Morgana King, and Sheila Jordan, among many other notable performers.