We sat down to speak with Dr. Aaron Lington and Chris Motter on jazz and jazz improvisation. Dr. Lington shares how technology has changed the way people play and learn to play jazz. There is a lot students can do with technology today he shares. Mother shares how he uses technology to transcribe the music on his computer and learn to play tracks.
How and when do they start improvising well-known jazz standards? It is a 3-stage process explains Dr. Lington. It starts with mimicking, followed by assimilation and finally innovate on that track. Not every jazz musician gets to that third stage of innovation he points out. Louis Armstrong was an innovator as was Duke Ellington among others he adds.
Dr.Lington and Motter then do a show and tell of jazz improvisation. They play a few well-known jazz standards like Billy Strayhorn’s Take The A Train followed by their version of improvisation.
Dr. Lington plays the baritone saxophone and Motter plays jazz guitar. Dr. Lington is a musician, teacher and composer, who teaches at San Jose State University. He is also a member of the Grammy winning band Pacific Mambo Orchestra. Motter graduated from San Jose University in music.
April is #jazzappreciation month.
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Dr. Aaron Lington and Chris Motter play their version of Bags’ Groove, a well-known jazz tune by Milt Jackson. Dr. Lington shares how they have funkified their version and explains how they improvised this well-known jazz number.
Dr. Lington is an educator, composer and arranger, who teaches at San Jose State University. Motter is a musician and guitarist, who got his master’s in music from San Jose State.
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Today is Ella Fitzgerald birthday, one of the greatest jazz singers in the world. She was born on April 25, 1917 in Virginia Beach. She was 21 years old when she recorded “A-Tisket, A-Tasket,” which sold over a million copies. For the next 50 years she performed and sang in various venues around the world. She recorded about 200 albums and sang with some of the best musicians from Louis Armstrong to Count Basie to Frank Sinatra.
Here are some of Ms. Ella’s well-known songs.
IT DON’T MEAN A THING:
ONE NOTE SAMBA:
SWEET GEORGIA BROWN:
MACK THE KNIFE:
Dr. Aaron Lington is baritone saxophonist, composer/arranger and jazz professor at San Jose State University (SJSU). He is also involved with the San Jose Jazz and is the director of the San Jose High School All Stars band. And he is also a member of San Francisco bay area’s Grammy winning group Pacific Mambo Orchestra and performs with them around the San Francisco bay area on a regular basis.
We sat down to talk with Dr. Lington to find out how he developed an interest in music and majored in it and went to do a PhD in it. He has been teaching at SJSU for over 10 years, and finds time from his busy schedule to arrange and compose music and play music with local bands in the bay area.
This year’s San Jose Jazz Summerfest ((August 8-10, 2014) was a treat for your ears, eyes and soul. For 3 days I heard all kinds of music from jazz, hot jazz, blues, mambo, salsa, zydeco, gypsy and soul in various venues in downtown San Jose. This was the 25th year of the festival organized by San Jose Jazz Summer Fest.
Here are highlights from San Jose Jazz Summeriest. Come, take a quick tour of the festival.