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Intro To Swing Masterclass Featuring Gary Sloan
November 7, 2021 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm$65
Swing music is feel-good music! It has all the freedom and improvisation of modern jazz but the approachable listenability of pop music, no surprise since it was the pop music of the 20s, 30s, and 40s and the direct ancestor of bebop. In this workshop we will examine the genre’s stylistic trademarks including rhythm, form, harmony, and phrasing as well as improvising techniques ranging from very simple to more advanced with tools to allow continued exploration after the workshop. We will also examine the variety within the style including different options for the rhythm section, different approaches to improvising, and a quick comparison between the American swing tradition and that of the Gypsy jazz of Django Reinhardt. Gary Sloan is very passionate about the details that make each musical style unique and, out of them all, the whole umbrella of Swing music and early jazz is his favorite to perform.