[JPL] Creativity in Jazz Improvisation

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http://www.nyas.org/snc/calendarDetail.asp?eventID=10901&date=10/13/2007%202
:30:00%20PM

Creativity in Jazz Improvisation
Oct 13, 2007
2:30 PM
Philoctetes Center, 247 E. 82nd St.


Jazz is not the only art form to contain improvisation‹far from it‹but in
jazz the discipline of improvisation is developed to a very high level. Far
from a casual, occasional exercise, improvisation in jazz is something that
beginning players struggle to master, and that professionals spend their
lives honing, refining, and changing. To this day, musicians study the
recorded improvisations of such masters as Charlie Parker, John Coltrane,
Sonny Rollins, and Herbie Hancock in order to gain insights and inspiration.

Dr. Lewis Porter will explore jazz improvisation with saxophonist and
composer Jane Ira Bloom. The presentation will consist of performances of
short improvised pieces, followed by a discussion. For each piece, Porter
and Bloom will first explain the basis of the improvisation‹there is always
some starting point, often written out on music paper or memorized. After
performing the piece and discussing how it went, Porter and Bloom will take
questions from the audience. They will then perform the piece a second time,
and again discuss it and take questions. Four or five pieces will be
performed in this unique 90 minute presentation, which will explore the
qualities of imagination and originality that facilitate musical
improvisation.

Jane Ira Bloom is a soprano saxophonist, composer, and a pioneer in the use
of live electronics and movement in jazz. She is the winner of the 2007
Guggenheim Fellowship in music composition, the 2007 Mary Lou Williams Women
in Jazz Award for lifetime service to jazz, the Jazz Journalists Association
Award and the Downbeat International Critics Poll for soprano saxophone, and
the Charlie Parker Fellowship for jazz innovation. Bloom was the first
musician commissioned by the NASA Art Program and has an asteroid named in
her honor by the International Astronomical Union. She has received numerous
commissions composing for the American Composers Orchestra, the St Luke's
Chamber Ensemble, and Pilobolus Dance Theater, integrating jazz performers
in new settings. She has recorded and produced 13 albums of her music and
holds degrees from Yale University and the Yale School of Music. Bloom is
currently on the faculty of the New School for Jazz & Contemporary Music in
NYC.

Dr. Lewis Porter is a jazz pianist, author and educator. He is Professor of
Music at Rutgers University in Newark, where he is the founding Director of
the Master's Program in Jazz History and Research. He is the author or
coauthor of six books, including the acclaimed study John Coltrane: His Life
and Music. He has written numerous articles and liner notes, and edits a
book series and a scholarly journal. He has performed recently with such
artists as Wycliffe Gordon, Ravi Coltrane, Joe Morris, and is currently
rehearsing Indian-influenced music as part of a new group with Badal Roy,
Vic Juris and a veena player from South India. His new CD, recorded live at
Siena Jazz, is Italian Encounter (at Altrisuoni.com and iTunes). His full
schedule and extended audio clips are available at lewisporter.com.



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