Soloing on 12-bar Blues with Kenny Brooks

Sunday, June 2, 2 - 4 pm

Soloing on 12-bar Blues with Kenny Brooks
Age Adult
Event Type Workshop
Department Theory and Improvisation
Day Sun
Instructor Kenny Brooks
Status online event

3-Part ONLINE Improv Series

Each workshop in this hands-on, 3-part improvisation series focuses on a common jazz tune or chord progression.

Each instructor will present their approach to learning and soloing over the selected tunes or progressions.

Bring your instrument and sign up for one or all three!

In this session, noted saxophonist and educator Kenny Brooks shares ideas for soloing over the 12-bar blues in all of its many guises. 

About Kenny Brooks

Kenny Brooks developed a passion for reed instruments at the age of 9, igniting a lifelong dedication to music. Graduating from El Cerrito High School in 1984 at 17, he pursued his musical education at the New England Conservatory under the tutelage of renowned saxophonist George Garzone. In the vibrant Bay Area scene of the 90s, Brooks made significant contributions, performing with Eddie Marshall’s band, collaborating with Charlie Hunter, and leading his own ensemble, Alphabet Soup, featuring pianist Dred Scott and drummer Jay Lane. His tenure with Bob Weir of the Grateful Dead began in 2000, marking the start of a decade-long musical journey with RatDog. Relocating to New York City in 2007, Brooks immersed himself in the city’s illustrious jazz scene, performing at renowned venues such as Smalls, the 55 Bar, the Cornelia St. Cafe, and Smoke. A distinguished educator, Brooks has authored transcription books highlighting the works of saxophone luminaries, including Coltrane, Bob Berg, Joe Henderson, and Steve Grossman. He currently shares his expertise through private instruction at his NYC studio and online. For more information, visit

Additional workshops in the 3-Part ONLINE Improv Series: 

Soloing on Stella by Starlight
with Bert Ligon
Sunday, April 28, 2 – 4 pm

Soloing on Joy Spring
with Charles McNeal
Sunday, June 16, 2 – 4 pm