Popular Music Harmony

Sunday, March 19, 2 - 4 pm

Popular Music Harmony
Age Adult
Event Type Workshop
Department Theory and Improvisation, Composition and Arranging
Day Sun
Instructor Jeff Gardner
Status inperson event


In this workshop, Jeff Gardner provides a solid foundation for quickly and efficiently learning the basic materials necessary for sight-reading, composing, and improvising in all styles of modern music. The workshop draws on material from Jeff’s books including: Popular Music Harmony Vol. 1 – Cadences, Popular Music Harmony Vol. 2 – Cadences and Harmonic Sequences, and Jazz Piano: Creative Concepts and Techniques (Editions H. Lemoine).

Topics Covered include:

  1. Cycle Of Fifths

  2. Cadences In Major, Minor and Dominant Seventh Keys

  3. Harmonic Sequences

  4. Rhythmic Exercises on Harmonic Sequences and Cadences

  5. Melodic Lines on Harmonic Sequences and Cadences

  6. Pedal Points

  7. Visualization Techniques with Triads and Seventh Chords

  8. Harmonic Loops

  9. Chord Substitutions

  10. Analysis of Jazz and MPB (Música popular brasileira) Standards

  11. Coltrane Changes

  12. Composition Exercises

Praise for Jeff Gardner’s books and instructional materials:

“Besides being one of the great pianists of our time, a brilliant composer, Jeff has released a series of books over the years that are important to the development of every pianist, non- pianist, and educator. I highly recommend (Jazz Lines) for all serious students and educators!” – Donald Brown

“Jeff’s piano book is one of the most comprehensive books on any subject you will ever encounter for any level pianist – it’s all here!” – David Liebman

“This is an immense work, complete and of the highest level, of unquestionable value to all those interested in music in general and jazz in particular” – Martial Solal

“With the publication of Popular Music Harmony Vol. I – Cycles, and Vol. II – Cadences and Harmonic Sequences, Jeff Gardner’s reach and impact as an educator and harmonic guru becomes universal. Jeff is clearly an educational author of major significance.” – Mike Holober

“As a method book for budding improvisers on any instrument it should be required reading” – Paul Bley

About Jeff Gardner

Jeff Gardner was born in New York. He studied jazz with Jaki Byard, Charles Banacos, Don Friedman, and John Lewis, classical piano with Ruth Schontal and Ivan Tcherepnin, and harmony with Nadia Boulanger. He has performed with Kenny Wheeler, Gary Peacock, Norma Winstone, Rick Margitza, Rosana Eckert, Eddie Harris, Steve Lacy, Freddie Hubbard, Bob Sheppard, Paulo Moura, Dori Caymmi, Nelson Veras, Leny Andrade, Toninho Horta, Drew Gress, Anthony Pinciotti, and the Piano Quartet with Martial Solal, Jaki Byard, and Paul Bley. Jeff has played in clubs and festivals on 5 continents with his own band and as a solo artist, performing his compositions – a mix of Brazilian and Latin rhythms with jazz and contemporary classical music. Jeff has released 20 CD’s as a leader. His latest releases are a duo with Brazilian vibes player Arthur Dutra and a compilation CD – “Stories.”