Jerry Bergonzi: It's Not What You Play, but How You Play
Video excerpt of saxophonist and educator playing all the "wrong notes"—on purpose
In this excerpt from master player and teacher Jerry Bergonzi's' Creating a Jazz Vocabulary instructional video series, available from
JazzHeaven, Jerry shares the magic of "it's not what you play, it's HOW you play".
Watch Jerry go through a tune (based on chord progression of "Solar") and play all the "wrong notes.” As he puts it: if he could get paid for all the wrong notes he plays in this clip, he could make a lot of money...But: there are no wrong notes. There are only right notes played wrong - if they sound wrong. Jerry purposely plays outside, using different substitutions, or "tonal expansions," as he calls them. He expands the chord beyond the 13th, coming up with sharp 15, sharp 19, sharp 23.
In the rest of the Creating a Jazz Vocabulary video series, Jerry shares a wealth of jazz improvisation techniques - the essence of teaching these materials to students all over the worlds for over 30 years. An invaluable resource for beginners as well as a "healthy challenge" to new heights for advanced players.
The video was recorded on 5/24/2010 at JazzHeaven Studios, NYC. To check out more instructional jazz videos, go to the JazzHeaven website.