Become a member and get exclusive access to articles, live sessions and more!
Start Your Free Trial

This is the 1st of your 3 free articles

Become a member for unlimited website access and more.

FREE TRIAL Available!

Learn More

Already a member? Sign in to continue reading

Gigbag: August 2008

JazzTimes may earn a small commission if you buy something using one of the retail links in our articles. JazzTimes does not accept money for any editorial recommendations. Read more about our policy here. Thanks for supporting JazzTimes.

Cheaper Than Tuition

New from NYU Steinhardt and the Artists House Foundation are eight Master Class DVDs featuring Toots Thielemans, Phil Woods, Jimmy and Percy Heath, Hank Jones, Clark Terry, Cecil Taylor, Benny Golson (recorded at Loyola U. in NOLA) and Barry Harris. The very long programs, some of which are packaged as two-disc sets, feature artist performances, student performances with artist commentary and, save for the Golson volume, interviews conducted by our own Gary Giddins. The celebrated critic also turns up in documentary-style conversation segments included as special features, wherein he reaffirms his status as jazz’s most insightful talking head. $19.95.

Six-Stringin’ Made Simple

Dave Frackenpohl’s new Mel Bay book, A Practical Guide to Jazz Band Guitar, is just that-a no-frills compendium of the skills every ax-slinger should master before his or her lab-band audition. The lessons begin super-simple-reading notes in open and second positions, basic rhythm-guitar chord shapes-and progress toward blues improvisation, reading in fifth position, triads and inversions and those indispensable Freddie Green voicings. You’ll be chugging along behind the horns in no time. A CD with recorded examples is included. $19.95.

Wailing at a Whisper

Get your Jean-Luc Ponty on with Yamaha’s new SV-150K silent violin, a must-have practice tool for all apartment-bound jazz fiddlers. Part of the company’s progressive Silent Strings line, the SV-150K affords the user a completely self-contained practice space, with an integrated tuner, a metronome and a host of onboard effects. $1,295 list.

Originally Published