Jazz and the Art
of Creative Listening is a comprehesive guide to jazz listening, featuring Laura Pierce and Michael Kolodny with world-renowned jazz artists Jimmy Cobb, James Williams and Harvie S.
This double CD comes with a full color 32 page guidebook. A listener can
spend an hour, or many hours, learning in an atmosphere of relaxed, enjoyable
discovery. The first CD in the set, also available separately under the
title Inner Light, is a regular listening CD of 12 jazz tunes.
The companion disc is a workshop on listening which transforms several tunes
from Inner Light into entertaining, interactive adventures.
Through the workshop and the guidebook, Jazz and the Art of Creative Listening
provides all of the essential elements of jazz. Beyond these elements, the
guide offers helpful approaches to the art of creative listening. In this
way, every aspect of the listener's art is fully explored.
just can't get enough of it. What a pleasure. I want to listen to it over
and over again. It's such a joy."
Scott Waldron, listener, NYC
includes the following tunes: Summertime,Bye
Bye Blackbird, One Note Samba, Body and Soul, You'd be so Nice
to Come Home To,
It's Your Move, Now's the Time, What is this Thing Called Love/Hot House,
How About You/All About You, My Melancholy Baby, All the Things You Are,
and the gospel medley He's Got the Whole World/This Little Light.
(click on the highlighted tunes to hear an excerpt in RealPlayer Basic.)
Jazz and the Art
of Creative Listening includes the following learning activities:
I Love Jazz, My Melancholy Baby goes Out to the Ballgame,
Now's the Time to Scat and Count the Blues, Feelings, Conversations,
and other fun, insightful pieces. To try an excerpt of I Love Jazz, Feelings,
Conversations or Now's the Time, go to Interactive
Jazz and the Art
of Creative Listening was conceived, written, produced and performed
by vocalist Laura Pierce and her husband,
saxophonist Michael Kolodny. The featured
rhythm section is co-producer Harvie S(aka Swartz), on bass,
Jimmy Cobb on drums, and James Williams on the piano. These
world renowned jazz masters, hand-picked for their artistry, extensive experience
and superb commitment to the art and to jazz education, give the recording
its warm, buoyant sound. For more about these artists, please see Jazz Insight Artist bios.
Jazz and the
Art of Creative Listening is the culmination of fifteen years of
practical experience in the field of jazz appreciation, including thousands
of hours creating, experimenting, rehearsing and refining the approach taken
by Jazz Insight. As with Jazz Insight's educational programs,
Jazz and the Art of Creative Listening is designed to inspire a deeper
interest in jazz, and to provide skills for more satisfying listening. The
guide covers the process of improvisation, the feeling of swing, each instrument's
character and role, interactions among the members of the band, the nature
of listening, the spirit and feeling in the art of jazz, and ways jazz and
listening skills can enrich one's life. The guide isn't another jazz history.
It is a pioneering project at the root of jazz appreciation - listening
- created to involve people with the music itself.
CDs will be available soon. To receive an announcement for the CD release,
please contact us at 1-888-909-JAZZ or firstname.lastname@example.org
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