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Are you committed to playing jazz? Or are you just starting out? Do you wish you could rev up your own improvisation skills and take your music further?
Now you can with Come On Everybody! Let's Run Some Changes!. Created by Tom Kubis, one of the jazz scene s most highly regarded musicians and educators, Come On Everybody! Let's Run Some Changes! is unlike any other jazz instruction book available today. It s comprehensive. It s systematic. And it gets you playing jazz the way it was meant to be played right from the start! Plus, it's a whole loot of fun to read.
This book will help expose you to many of the sets of changes you will run into throughout your jazz improv life. The idea of these exercises as a beginner or even an advanced player is to simply run or arpeggiate, not always in root position, just the notes of the chords. Well, maybe not so simple. This will focus on you learning the exact notes of each chord change-you have to know this stuff! Play the exercise 4 times using half notes or quarter notes or eighth notes or, if you can, triplets playing only the notes of the chord.
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Tom Kubis was recognized in the middle 60's as an outstanding saxophone and flute player. He performed on saxophone with such jazz greats as Frank Rossolino, Bill Watrous, Arturo Sandoval, Jack Sheldon, Pete Christlieb and Louis Bellson.
After studying 20th century composition at Long Beach State, Tom Kubis's interests turned towards jazz composition and arranging. In addition to motion picture and television assignments, the sought after composer/arranger has worked with many outstanding jazz artists and celebrities including long time commissions with Steve Allen (seven years) and Helen Reddy (five years). Among his television credits are arranging and conducting the CBS Jacky Gleason 30 year Reunion Special and The Bob Newhart 20 Year Anniversary show.
Tom's musical arrangements and those of Bob Florence, Roger Newman and Alan Broadbent were featured at the Kennedy Center in Washington CD in Portraits of Jazz. This presentation was penned by famed composer Cy Coleman and Academy Award winners, Alan and Marilyn Bergman, with whom Tom has worked for many years. In 1993, Tom conducted his arrangements with Jack Sheldon at Carnegie Hall in New York and more recently his Big Band performed his arrangements for two nights at the Orange County Performing Arts Center with the Pacific Symphony Orchestra.
Tom Kubis's musical arrangements define the contemporary big band sound and have been performed at virtually every major jazz festival in the world including the Playboy Jazz Festival, the Montreaux Jazz Festival and the Berkeley Jazz Festival to name a few. His charts have been played in just about any place or city that has a big band. There are literally hundreds of CDs available where Tom's arrangements can be heard from college to professional bands.
Tom;s playing, arranging and sequencing skills have taken him all over the world for concerts and clinics. As the Los Angeles Times puts it, "His charts are crisp and swinging...finely crafted...superbly linked written passages...they flow with tremendous urgency and drive".Review:
Tom Kubis may have written more big band charts than anyone in history. His acute musical knowledge and passion for his craft is evident in every note he writes or plays. Tom s a natural, his effortless approach tells me he is doing what he was born to do. Nothing is forced or over analyzed. He writes and plays from the heart. Tom wrote a chart for me in 2006 titled High Clouds and a Good Chance of Wayne that was composed, arranged and finished during 6 innings of an Angel s baseball game. And, it s a really great chart!
Tom and I have been working together for 30 years and he never seems to run out of great things to offer. Every time I m around him I learn something, and many of my colleagues feel the same. His laid back demeanor is evident in the text of Let s Run Some Changes. He likes to mix lighthearted humor with his expert instruction to keep the young player from being overwhelmed. It keeps us old guys entertained too!
Tom s writing style, much like his saxophone, piano and (now) trumpet playing, flow with ease and swing. I wasn t at all surprised to find his book full of logical, enlightening information. It is the most practical, easy to understand guide to jazz improvisation I have seen to date. Chalked full of concrete, fundamental ideas every student of jazz needs to know about improvisation. This book is essential for any young, aspiring jazz artist, but professional players will also find plenty of information to hone their skills to the next level.
As a trumpet player, I find this book technically challenging as well as harmonically interesting. Lets Run Some Changes is great for learning about II/V/Is. It will also help develop agility of the fingers on any valve or keyed instrument. Try to approach these exercises like a technical studies book: slur, single tongue, double tongue, slur 2, etc. and of course...swing.
This book is now a regular part of my practice routine.
Bravo Tom, you ve done it again! --Wayne Bergeron - Top call LA studio Artist
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