Sunday Easy Swing started a few years ago as a weekly informal workshop and jam session hosted by Portland swing jazz guitarist, Tracy Kim.
The idea was simple: to teach/analyze/jam(especially!) on the easy and fun side of classic swing repertoire starting with the jazz blues and then into songs of the Great American Songbook(Gershwin, Cole Porter, Duke Ellington, etc).
For this course, Tracy has handpicked seven(one per week ) from the "Best Of" workshops. The set list for this term will be chosen from the following tunes:
C Jam Blues, I Got Rhythm, Summertime, It Don't Mean a Thing, Night and Day, Take the A Train, All of Me, Exactly Like You, Autumn Leaves, Sweet Georgia Brown, Moonglow, Georgia on My Mind, Sweet Sue, I Can't Believe You're in Love with Me, After You've Gone, Blue Skies, I Can't Believe You're in Love With Me, and It Had to Be You.
For each song, the student will learn the melody, chords, analysis of the song, and also improvisation licks/ideas. Also, some basic jazz theory will be discussed during each class, in relationship to each song.
For guitarists, ukes, and mandos, tabs will be used. Other instruments are welcome and the emphasis will be on learning melodies and improvisation. Many of the songs will have an accompanying etude specifically designed to demonstrate improvisation ideas in swing style from easy to intermediate/advanced level.
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