June 19, Friday: Madison Music Collective Workshops at the Isthmus Jazz Festival

7-9pm “George Russell’s Four Dimensions of Melodic Construction”

Advanced Jazz Improvisation Lecture, Performance and Workshop

Jim Erickson, Laurie Lang and John Becker

George Russell was a jazz musician and music theorist whose book, ” The Lydian Chromatic Concept of Tonal Organization for Improvisation” was revolutionary in the art of jazz improvisation. His four directions or dimensions explain all melodies that have ever been written or ever could be written. This workshop will examine each of these dimensions, using examples drawn from the distinctive styles of Coleman Hawkins, Lester Young, John Coltrane and Ornette Coleman. All instruments and vocalists are welcome and encouraged to participate in this session. A full-blown jam session caps this workshop and ends the evening festivities.

Jim Erickson (presenter and piano), Laurie Lang (bass) and John Becker (drums)

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