George Garzone and Improvisation: A Study of a Jazz Musician and His Process

George Garzone and Improvisation: A Study of a Jazz Musician and His Process
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Boston saxophonist George Garzone set out to become a professional jazz musician in the early 1970s. As his sound matured through experimentation with standard repertoire and free jazz, Garzone discovered an original process for creative improvisation. This book traces Garzone’s career development and uncovers his original Triadic Chromatic Approach to improvisation. Author Dr. Jonathan Lorentz shares transcriptions of three of Garzone’s improvised solos on jazz standard repertoire, reveals their melodic and harmonic content, and further demonstrates how Garzone applies these concepts in an improvisational context. Dr. Lorentz also explores how Garzone’s performance and teaching methods inter-relate, and includes transcripts from personal interviews. The author shows that Garzone has made equally significant contributions to jazz through performance and teaching, and like many others of his generation, favors a open-ended understanding of jazz, one that Dr. Lorentz has deemed: Jazz-as-Process.

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