Soloing on Rhythm Changes with James Mahone

Sunday, May 26, 2 - 4 pm

Soloing on Rhythm Changes with James Mahone
Age Adult
Event Type Workshop
Department Theory and Improvisation
Day Sun
Instructor James Mahone
Status inperson event

4-part IN-PERSON Improv Series

Each workshop in this hands-on 4-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 four!

For this section, noted saxophonist and educator James Mahone will share a range of ideas for soloing on “rhythm changes.”


About James Mahone

James Mahone, a saxophonist and composer, embarked on his musical journey nearly 30 years ago in Monterey, California. His influences were deeply rooted in the city’s rich music scene. He pursued classical and jazz saxophone studies at California State University Northridge, working with notable instructors like Bill Caulkins. James became a fixture in the Los Angeles music scene and joined the acclaimed jazz quintet Black Note, recording albums for Columbia and GRP/Impulse labels. His performances spanned the West Coast, national stages, and international jazz festivals. In New York City, he studied under renowned musicians like Garry Dial, Billy Harper, Benny Powell, and Charles Tolliver. James continued his career in Tokyo, Japan, refining his skills as a performer and recording artist. He’s sought after throughout Japan and has taught saxophone, clarinet, and flute. Currently based in the California Bay Area, James collaborates with talented musicians and continues to make his mark in the jazz world.


Additional workshops in the 4-part IN-PERSON Improv Series:

Soloing in Minor Keys
with Kasey Knudsen
Sunday, April 21, 2 – 4 pm

Soloing on Giant Steps, Step by Step
with Ian Carey
Sunday, May 5, 2 – 4 pm

Soloing on There Will Never Be Another You
with Anton Schwartz
Sunday, May 19, 2 – 4 pm