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Jazz Composition

Theory and Practice

By Ted Pease

Theory and Practice. Berklee Press. Softcover with CD. 256 pages. Published by Berklee Press (HL.50448000).

Item Number: HL.50448000
ISBN 0876390017. 9x12 inches.

When you think of jazz composers, who comes to mind? Jelly Roll Morton, Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, Thelonious Monk, Charles Mingus, Bob Brookmeyer. This book is about what they (and many others) do. Jazz composition has evolved into a disciplined art that often evidences great emotional depth and breadth of sophistication. Berklee College of Music legend Ted Pease demystifies the processes involved in writing jazz tunes and in composing episodic and extended jazz works. Jazz Composition: Theory and Practice is a by-product of Pease's 25 years of teaching jazz composition. The accompanying CD helps demonstrate melody, harmony and rhythmic elements of jazz and also includes a variety of music-writing exercises focused on learning these same elements to help you begin producing your own effective jazz compositions.

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  • April 19, 2005 Write Like Your Favorite Musicians!

    Ted Pease's, 'Jazz Composition: Theory and Practice' will have you writing like Dizzy Gillespie, Charlie Parker, Thelonius Monk and Charles Mingus in no time. Drawing from over 25 years of teaching experience, Pease reveals the preocesses needed to compose episodic jazz works. Students will come away with the ability...

    to compose and write sophisticated jazz tunes with emotional depth. The accompnaying CD includes a number of music-writing exercises to futher students' progress. John La Barbera, an Associate Professor at the University of Louisville discribes this book as a 'monumental work...[that] should be in every theory classroom and not just jazz'. This is a must-have for any musician seeking to develop and improve their skills.

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