How to Play Jazz: Jerry Bergonzi: “Creating a Jazz Vocabulary Vol. 1”

WORKOUTS: Chord Scales/Tones, Approach Systems, Voice Leading & More How to Play Jazz Info

How to Play Jazz - Jerry Bergonzi Creating a Jazz Vocabulary Volume 1


* For ALL Instruments & Levels:
How to Play Jazz Lessons with Legendary Master Improviser & Master TEACHER Jerry Bergonzi

* Jam-packed 2-hour Lesson + PDFs & MP3 PLAY-ALONGS!

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Jerry hit the ball out of the park with this one!
If you are a student of jazz improvisation, no matter what your instrument, and you are overwhelmed by all the jazz instructional material “out there,” start here!!!
Jerry gives very specific instructions about how and what to practice. The main advantage of the video format is that you can see/hear the material demonstrated as if you were attending a lesson/masterclass. The demonstrations are excellent – very musical!
The material is presented in an extremely straight-forward manner and the video stays focused on the MOST IMPORTANT STUFF to practice.
I teach woodwinds at Berklee College of Music and I use many of Jerry's ideas/methods with my own students.
You can't go wrong purchasing Vol.1 and Vol. 2 in this series!!!

Shannon LeClaire, Associate Professor of Woodwinds, Berklee College of Music

Tenor saxophonist Jerry Bergonzi is an internationally recognized jazz performer, composer, author and jazz educator.
Besides being a professor at New England Conservatory, he is the author of seven jazz improvisation books and has performed and/or recorded with Jazz Greats like Mulgrew Miller, Dave Brubeck, Kenny Barron, John Abercrombie, Jack DeJohnette, Steve Swallow, Roy Haynes, and many more.

In this video, Bergonzi, along with colleague Brian Levy, explores important how-to-play-jazz foundations for building one's jazz vocabulary and technical skills.
While the subjects explored and the corresponding exercises will greatly help beginners and are presented extremely clearly, the more sophisticated
applications of these exercises may challenge even advanced jazz musicians to new heights.

This material is the result of teaching these methods on how to play jazz all over the world to jazz students of all levels & instruments for 30 years – finally available in Video format!

Bergonzi has been codifying and passing along his hard-earned wisdom since he began teaching jazz in the early 1980s.
Jazz Students flock to the New England Conservatory to have the opportunity to study with this master jazz teacher/player.
And now his “how to play jazz” lessons are within reach of anybody who has a DVD player or a computer.

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Expand Your Current Jazz Vocabulary, get out of old Habits and improve Your Ears & Memory with:

* Applying Chord Scales & Chord Tones to Jazz Standards
* Systems for approaching different Chord Tones
* Limited-Range & Wide-Range Playing
* Upper-Structure Triads applied to Standards
* Anticipating Chord Changes & delaying Resolutions
* Improvising using multiple Chord Tones per Bar

And LOTS more How to Play Jazz Info…

Examples are based on chord progressions of familiar Jazz standards like All The Things You Are, Stella by Starlight & Solar and include PLAY-ALONG TRACKS!

Bonus: a 60-min Interview!

After years of using Jerry Bergonzi's books/methods for teaching and myself, this is the next step in the field of teaching improvisational skills in a not-person-to-person situation. Seeing this master demonstrating different aspects of the wide field of improvisation is kicking you directly in your practice room and is very inspiring. For anybody who is serious about the art called “Jazz” this is a must to check out.
Good quality, great “how to play jazz” demonstrations and fun to watch. Thank you to for making this possible!

Juergen Bothner from Germany via

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I highly recommend this DVD. It contains a wealth of valuable information on how to play jazz.
Mr. Bergonzi's exercises and explanations are pithy and easy to understand.
His relaxed, understated humor is a plus and there's literally enough material to keep
you practicing and improving for years. Buy it!
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