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.
This interview was sponsored by Zoho Corp and aired on TV in the US.