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In part two (2 of 2) of this "Improvising With Triad Pairs" jazz lesson series, legendary saxophonist Jerry Bergonzi breaks down his exciting approach to improvisation using hexatonic scales. With the accompaniment of Andy LaVerne, Jerry brings you through the many harmonic options at your disposal, so you can use these concepts effectively in your solos. If you want to take your improvisations to fresh and interesting places, this triad pairs masterclass series is for you. NOTE: There is an optional PDF which includes the embedded notation and charts seen in both videos from this series. It does not include the transcriptions of Jerry's improvisations. The PDF is included in the DISCOUNTED BUNDLE AVAILABLE HERE or it can be purchased separately.
Topics Covered: Jazz, improvisation, triad pairs, hexatonic scales, augmented triads, 9-note scale, triads a whole step apart, applying hexatonics to different chord types and changes, triads a half step apart, relative major, relative minor, practicing these concepts, using shapes and patterns, etc.
A fine, high-powered tenor saxophonist with a tone influenced by John Coltrane, a mastery of chord changes, and a strong musical imagination, Jerry Bergonzi has long had an underground following in the Boston area. He started on clarinet when he was eight, switching to alto at 12, and finally to tenor two years later. Bergonzi was inspired early on by Sonny Rollins, Coltrane, and Hank Mobley. He attended Lowell University and then after graduation played electric bass in local bands behind singers and strippers, saving up enough money to move to New York in 1972. After struggling in the Big Apple for seven years and gaining some recognition as a member of Two Generations of Brubeck and of the Dave Brubeck Quartet (with whom he appeared on several Concord albums during 1979-1981), Bergonzi moved back to Boston in 1981, where he developed a strong career both as a tenorman and as an educator. He has since led several groups (including two called Con Brio and Gonz) and recorded for the Plug, Not Fat, Red, and Blue Note labels.