Why Should You Own Your Own Music As A Musician?
New York Jazz Workshop Blog
by Shizuka Shearn
2M ago
As a musician you have practiced your craft through courses, workshops and intensives at New York Jazz Workshop. As you ply your trade, you wonder why should you own your own music? The history of music as intellectual property and copyright is an interesting one. This article will explore briefly the issue of why music is considered intellectual property and why musicians should own the rights to their music. The popular music YouTuber Adam Neely just recently uploaded a video discussing the sordid, dark, but utterly fascinating topic of music’s journey to become intellectual property, and th ..read more
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Be Blown Away by a classic jazz recording: Art Blakey and The Jazz Messengers “A Night In Tunisia”
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by Shizuka Shearn
3M ago
Be blown away by a classic jazz recording. As a musician who may be learning the form of jazz, or perhaps utilizing its complexity to become a well rounded musician, as a listener, because of it’s rich history, you may find recorded jazz a steep mountain to climb. Through New York Jazz Workshop and the expert faculty made up of the city’s best musicians, and writing on this blog that leans passionately towards a degree of excellence in jazz history it is simple to become abreast of some of the classic recordings in jazz. Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers’ legendary 1960 recording of the Dizzy ..read more
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Demystifying the building blocks of jazz: The Blues and basic song form with Horace Silver’s “Senor Blues”
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by Shizuka Shearn
3M ago
As a musician who is playing an instrument, are you trying to demystify the building blocks of jazz? The New York Jazz Workshop can help not only with outstanding faculty, but blog articles such as this one which explain in simple clear language the building blocks of jazz. They will not only enhance the appreciation but give a better understanding of the history and the result will contribute to superlative musicianship. Horace Silver’s “Senor Blues” from his classic 1956 Blue Note album Six Pieces of Silver is a great example of the blues form and how to listen to jazz. Horace Silver, one of ..read more
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Learn the Tools Like a Pro with Terry Dame
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by Shizuka Shearn
3M ago
As a producer, you are at your wits end. Learn the Tools Like a Pro with Terry Dame! You have tried the MIDI chord and beat making packs and find they are so limited in scope. Furthermore, you have dabbled in production, but find that going to a university for it is too expensive. That’s where you found the New York Jazz Workshop. The New York Jazz Workshop features a cadre of incredible faculty and staff that give all musicians the skills they need to be excellent musicians, and it’s not relegated to just jazz. Production has been elevated to high art, and everyone from Alfred Lion, Francis W ..read more
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Be taken with the fine art of ensemble playing and improvisation with Marc Mommaas
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by Shizuka Shearn
4M ago
As an instrumentalist or singer who has fallen in love with jazz, America’s only native artform, or Black American music in the contemporary vernacular, you may have been entranced by the nature of playing in an ensemble or improvisation.  It can be challenging when you may be practicing your instrument for hours to no end. You are scrolling the internet and have your interest piqued by New York Jazz Workshop, offering this weekly workshop.  That is where New York Jazz Workshop can assist because the school has an A list array of instructors comprising  some of the best musician ..read more
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Experience the joy of jazz improvisation with Patience Higgins
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by Shizuka Shearn
4M ago
You are a musician, working at your instrumental or vocal technique yet you reach a dead end.  Your goal is to play jazz, and you may have had private instruction but found that is not really working, and that’s why New York Jazz Workshop can assist with your needs.  The New York Jazz Workshop provides instruction from top well known musicians, with the objective of gaining the tools to flourish in any musical environment.  Through courses such as the weekly Jazz Improvisation class taught by renowned tenor saxophonist Patience Higgins, you can experience the joy of jazz im ..read more
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Find Happiness In the Blues With Dave Scott
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by Shizuka Shearn
4M ago
Got the blues because you are playing or singing and finding you can’t get anywhere? New York Jazz Workshop offers the exceptional workshop from trumpeter Dave Scott, a two hour long workshop every Tuesday and Thursday from 6-8 PM.  The blues is the building block of jazz, and in this invigorating course taught by virtuoso trumpeter Dave Scott. Students with start with the classic 12 bar blues form which has been the template for many great jazz compositions from Miles Davis, Horace Silver, Jimmy Smith, and Sonny Rollins among many others. From there, Scott will expand things out to jazz ..read more
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Discover the instrument everyone owns: the voice, with Olivia Foschi
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by Shizuka Shearn
4M ago
For vocalists who have tackled other styles of music, they may wonder where they can learn jazz vocals to broaden their horizons and take the vocal workshop with the renowned Olivia Foschi. The New York Jazz Workshop , conveniently located at 265 W. 37th between 8th avenue in the heart of Downtown Manhattan features some of the best instructors in the metro NYC area. Being just steps away from Penn Station and multiple subway stops makes the choice to take the workshop a simple one. Ms. Foschi’s class is taught in a warm and nurturing environment where she will help develop enrollees’ voice ..read more
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Is white male gatekeeping a problem in online jazz culture?
New York Jazz Workshop | Music School for Jazz Studies
by Shizuka Shearn
5M ago
Is white male gatekeeping a problematic issue in online jazz culture? In the contemporary era, there are multiple YouTube channels which have taught the fundamentals of jazz to those who seek out the music, as well as the historical information. Among the top channels run by Ken Micallef, Bret Primack, a real champion of the music,  Jazz Shepherd (of whom an extended essay I am writing about for my personal blog) and the channel run by Jazziz magazine unsurprisingly, all the channels are run by white males. Aside from musicians themselves, I see very few hosts of color.  My point of ..read more
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Fall in love with the bebop the lingua franca of modern jazz with Sean Conly
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by Shizuka Shearn
5M ago
Someone might come across this listing for a bebop workshop, who might be new to playing jazz and think “This sounds exciting, I want to learn bebop, but what is it?”  Bebop quite simply, is the lingua franca of modern jazz. Developed in the 1940’s through jam sessions at Minton’s Playhouse, and was unleashed on the world by Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, Bud Powell, Thelonious Monk and others.  Bebop (or bop) remains decades later the lingua franca of modern jazz vocabulary, and signaled a shift from jazz as a popular music from the swing era to something more abstract. Sean Conly ..read more
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