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This book contains material for the intermediate to advanced pianist/musician. It covers modes, modal harmony and composition, superimposing modes over modal as well as non-modal tunes, chord scales, blues, pentatonic scales and their use in improvisation, minor harmony and analysis, dominant chord substitution, upper structure triad voicing techniques, voicings in fourths, diminished chord patterns and substitutes, and modulations. The CD contains 30 tracks of lectures and playing examples by the author that cover every detail of the book. There are many music examples, and the student can both listen, and play along with them as a learning guide. This book is the second in a series; the first book being Jazz Piano & Harmony:A Fundamental Guide.
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Author John Ferrara is a jazz pianist who has toured with and arranged for the Buddy Rich Big Band. He has performed with Joe Williams, Chico Hamilton, Philly Joe Jones, Clark Terry, Lou Tabackin, Al Cohn, Nelson Riddle, and Suzanne Somers, among others. He is a former instructor at the Berklee College of Music in Boston, and San Diego State University, and has taught at jazz seminars in Copenhagen, Denmark. He holds a bachelor's degree in composition and piano from Berklee, and has recorded with his own jazz trio and the Carmen Leggio quartet. His latest CD "Intervals of Light" is available on Amazon. He currently works as a freelance pianist and arranger in New York City.
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