Thematic Improvisation for Pianists

Wed. 6:30–8 pm 4/3 – 5/29 (9 weeks)

Thematic Improvisation for Pianists
Age Adult
Event Type Class
Department Piano and Keys
Day Wed
Instructor Frank Martin
Status inperson event

In this class, we’ll explore ways to develop improvised solos by using themes and then developing them into a story similar to techniques used in fiction writing. Beginning with an idea or character and then developing that character helps to make your story (or solo) compelling and believable. We’ll focus on 4 or 5 songs from the jazz repertoire.

Prerequisites: knowledge of basic chord progressions, voicings, and major and ascending melodic minor scales.

This class meets IN-PERSON at the California Jazz Conservatory


About Frank Martin

Music Director for Narada Michael Walden, Patti Austin, Angela Bofill; Carnegie Hall appearances with Sting, James Taylor, Elton John; Record producer/arranger for Al Jarreau, Turtle Island String Quartet, Joey DeFrancesco, Mimi Fox, Mary Jenson, Molly Holm, Deuce, Tuck & Patti, Karen Blixt; performed/recorded with John McLaughlin, Buddy Montgomery, Joe Farrell, Dizzy Gillespie, Larry Coryell, Herbie Hancock, Stanley Jordan, Stevie Wonder, Airto, Dori Caymmi, Dianne Reeves, Patrice Rushen, Trilok Gurtu, Richard Bona; Faculty, UC Berkeley Jazz Ensembles. frankmartinproductions.com