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Bebop Piano – Jazzschool-Online 9 Week Class

April 8 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Thursdays 6:00 – 7:30 pm 4/8 – 6/3 (9 weeks)
Please Note: All Listed Classes and Workshops are Pacific Time. This course will be conducted live via video conferencing. A computer or other device with a webcam and microphone and a reliable internet connection is required. Log-in information will be sent to students before the first class meeting!

Study the soloing techniques developed by the great bebop pianists Bud Powell, Tommy Flanagan, Barry Harris, Hampton Hawes, Oscar Peterson, and others. From the 1940s on, these masterful pianists developed a linear concept akin to Charlie Parker and other great bebop horn players’ innovations. Learn to play flowing 8th-note line improvisations outlining the underlying harmony, drawing on the techniques developed and exemplified by these mid-century innovators. This style of “playing changes” is a core element of contemporary jazz improvisation and is an essential part of any aspiring jazz pianist’s tool kit.

Prerequisites: functional piano technique and knowledge of jazz harmony.

Instructor – Adam Shulman (piano)

B.A. in music at UC Santa Cruz. Studied with Smith Dobson IV. Played as a sideman with internationally renowned artists Stefon Harris, Willie Jones III, Dayna Stephens, Miguel Zenon, Mark Murphy, Alan Harris, Luciana Souza, Paula West, Larry Coryell, Sean Jones, Grant Stewart, John Clayton, Bobby Hutcherson, Scott Hamilton, Bria Skonberg and with the Glen Miller Orchestra. Arranger for Paula West.

Student Reviews 

“Best instructor I’ve had in a class (not counting ensembles). He broke bebop down into simple understandable parts, was patient with each student, and was very organized.”

“Very well prepared; had topics laid out before class, used good examples to illustrate his points, incorporated listening, theory and practicing into the class.”

“It was a lot of fun with lots of practical knowledge, insight, inspiration. It has really helped me enjoy the brilliance of bebop (and learn how to play it) by paying attention to the fundamentals of it. Adam was very responsive to the needs of everyone in the class, which helped everyone get the most out of it.”


April 8
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
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