Just received the call to develop and deliver an online course entitled Introduction to Jazz at Western University. Extremely excited at the challenge of creating a course that not only provides an overview of this great tradition, but provides practical skills for those who want to begin exploring the music. There will be videos on producing simple chords at the piano, playing in various jazz styles and beginning to improvise.
Have another fire lit under me. I am going to rearrange some of my big band charts for 3-horns and go back and take some of my hand-written charts and get 'em on the ol' computer. There is a student group in London, ON called London Funk that is pretty good and they are looking for some new repertoire. Happy to supply it. The charts will also be useful for my After Hours Big Band. Sometimes we need a smaller group to let the majority of the horn players get the "axe" off their face for a few minutes during longer gigs. If I get enough of these bad boys, I may split up my arrangements online into 3-horn and big band charts. Ohhhhh, lofty goals.
Dr. Michael Kearns
Musician, educator, husband, father, web designer ... my life is like a mosaic with each piece vying for my attention.