Holistic Harmony – A Comprehensive Understanding of the Jazz Language with Keith Ganz

Saturday, May 18, 1 - 3 pm

Holistic Harmony – A Comprehensive Understanding of the Jazz Language with Keith Ganz
Age Adult
Event Type Workshop
Department Theory and Improvisation
Day Sat
Instructor Keith Ganz
Status online event

Jazz is an idiosyncratic language, but every question does have an answer!

This workshop imparts a comprehensive understanding of standard jazz harmony and a non-scale-based approach to playing over chord changes.

Topics include creating melodies and connecting chord changes with chord tones, color tones, and passing tones (not scales); how, when, and why similar chords behave differently at different times; substituting, reducing, and adding harmonic movement as desired; connecting to motivic development (right brain) and liberating yourself from thinking in scales (left brain).

Prerequisites: some knowledge of jazz harmony.

Bring your instrument!


About Keith Ganz

Keith Ganz, a GRAMMY®-nominated guitarist, composer, and arranger, is known for his melodic voice on electric and acoustic guitars. Lauded as a “sublime master of subtlety” by JazzTimes, Keith has performed extensively with prominent jazz artists, including Harry Connick, Jr., Tierney Sutton, Luciana Souza, Kurt Elling, and Gretchen Parlato. His musical journey has taken him to renowned venues such as the Blue Note, Jazz Standard, Birdland, and Joe’s Pub and international festivals like Spoleto Festival USA and the Frogen Festival in Oslo. Keith’s versatility and expressive playing continue to captivate audiences worldwide.