Chapter Overview

Here students are guided toward recognizing and understanding two broad categories of jazz form: 12-bar blues and the 32-bar popular song form (AABA) and its variants. Rhythmic and harmonic structures used in jazz are explored, with the aim of familiarizing students with the principles underlying improvisation. How do musicians make up music on the spot coherently? The chapter also explores the venues and audience behavior associated with big-band and small-combo jazz. Developing the ability to follow along with the form of a piece provides greater insight into the improviser's choices.

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