My friend and student, Brenda Martin came over for a lesson today and we worked on Altman/Lawrence tune, "All Or Nothing At All." Here are the topics addressed and time stamps so you can easily navigate through the video, however it's quite a journey and I would recommend watching it from start to finish, to understand the context and...the journey.
John Clayton is a natural born multitasker. The multiple roles in which he excels — composer, arranger, conductor, producer, educator, and yes, extraordinary bassist — garner him a number of challenging assignments and commissions. With a Grammy on his shelf and eight additional nominations, artists such as Diana Krall, Paul McCartney, Regina Carter, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Gladys Knight, Queen Latifah, and Charles Aznavour vie for a spot on his crowded calendar
One of the things that gives jazz it’s unique feel and sound is a walking bass line. Follow this simple formula of mine to be able to create your own bass lines with your left hand and really start to sound like a swinging pianist.
The first in my new series about how you can practice jazz in your car. We sing our way through the roots of "All The Things You Are" and talk about why it's important to do so.