Robert Claire Jazz Sketch Pad

ISBN 13: 9780615211114

Jazz Sketch Pad

9780615211114: Jazz Sketch Pad
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Jazz Sketch Pad was created as a tool for teaching jazz improvisation, to fill a need that I felt as a teacher. I wanted to have a way of slowing down chords, and to be able to sit with the student, instrument in hand, and explore a chord or mode get a feeling for the sounds of the different notes in the chord and put them together to construct melodic lines. Piano and guitar players can do this for themselves. Now you can, too! The Jazz Sketch Pad CD contains a collection of sustained chords and pedal notes which can be played along with by all melody instruments. The sounds are constructed from the highest quality sampled strings and other instruments to create lush pads of sound, each sustained for 45 seconds. The result is a harmonic context and pitch reference within which you can play scales, modes, arpeggios, and most importantly, improvise.

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Robert Claire was born in Chicago, where began studying saxophone and flute with Ben Bailey. He later attended U. C. Berkeley, where he received Bachelor's degrees in both Music and French. While there, he played saxophone and flute as a member of a jazz quintet led by vibraphonist Lee Schipper, performing the first-ever jazz concerts in Hertz Hall. The quintet later went on to win the National Collegiate Jazz Competiton at Notre Dame College in 1967, where Mr. Claire was voted most promising reed player by the Jury which included Herbie Hancock. As a result, the quintet was selected for a two- month tour of Africa for the U.S. Department of State. He then free-lanced in the San Francisco Bay Area, and in the early 70's taught Jazz Harmony, Jazz Arranging and Jazz Ensemble at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. Beginning to concentrate on flute, he studied with Mr. Merrill Jordan, previously of the Philadelphia Orchestra and then the San Francisco Symphony. During this period he played with many local classical groups such the Oakland Ballet, San Francisco Spring Opera and performed in many chamber music concert settings. His interest narrowed further as he began to focus on 18th century music for the flute, which led him to performing on exact copies of instruments of the period. Such instruments being difficult to obtain at the time, he began to build his own copies of museum instruments with the help of his brother Ted, who had a wood/metal shop. Thereafter, he played principally on instruments of his own construction. His activity on Baroque flute led him to be awarded the Alfred Hertz Memorial Traveling Fellowship in 1976 from U.C.B., which he used to spend a year studying with Barthold Kuijken at the Royal Conservatory in the Hague in 1977. Returning to the U.S. while continuing to perform occassionally in Europe, he finally moved to France in 1980. He was to stay there for the next 7 years. During that time he performed on over 20 CDs and toured throughout Europe with many of the finest early music groups there, including La Petite Bande, Les Arts Florrissants, the Chapelle Royale and the Leonhardt Consort. In 1989 he was appointed as Lecturer in Baroque Flute at Stanford University, where he remained on the faculty for the next 15 years. In 2003 he moved to Nevada City, California, where he teaches saxophone and jazz improvisation privately, and has created Whole Rest Music for publishing his own jazz educational works. He is on the faculty of the Jazz Camp produced each summer by the Sierra Jazz Society.


Jazz Sketch Pad is a one-of-a-kind marvel for teaching jazz improvisation ... with this well-organized collection in hand, practicing music may never be the same. --Jazz Education Journal

For students who want to learn jazz improvisation ... Jazz Sketch Pad is a necessary buy. --Jazz Times Education Guide

For students who want to learn jazz improvisation ... Jazz Sketch Pad is a necessary buy. --Jazz Times Education Guide

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