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JAZZ2023: Jazz Piano 4

Consolidation and further development of concepts and skills introduced in Jazz Piano 3. Variations of the jazz standard repertoire are examined, and interpreted by reading lead sheets. Chord voicings are memorized. Australian jazz repertoire and jazz piano composition is explored.

Code JAZZ2023
Academic unit Jazz
Credit points 3
Assumed knowledge:
Jazz quaver articulation. Chord tones. A knowledge of at least 6-8 jazz standards, and the ability to play these tunes from memory or from lead-sheets, producing logical and creative harmonic voice leading. Ability to play the diatonic cycle harmony, 12 bar blues, ii V I progressions, and interpret voice leading from reading chord symbols on lead sheets

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. construct a broad range of colourful 7th chords derived from the modes of the major scale and melodic minor scale, and the diminished scale, in both “A” and “B”, drop 2, and colourful 5-note two-handed form.
  • LO2. appraise a range of alternative harmonisations (extensions & alterations, etc) or parent scales that may be used when realising chord symbols, particularly on: 1. tonic major and minor chords (I chords); 2. minor and half-diminished (or min7(b5) chords (ii7 chords); and 3. dominant 7 chords (V7 chords)
  • LO3. design an arrangement of a jazz standard from a lead sheet by applying a range of techniques: chord & bass, walking bass lines, voiced melodies, melody & rootless voicings, two-handed voicings.
  • LO4. illustrate a developed understanding of voice-leading between chord structures in harmonic progressions, and create rhythmic accompaniment or ‘comping that demonstrates a firm sense of a time and groove
  • LO5. analyze in detail some aspects of recorded jazz music, and identify a small number of relevant techniques employed by the performing musicians that may be in turn used to inform one's own practice and arrangements
  • LO6. experiment with the resources presented in this course to inform further private practice and study of (or improvisation or composition with) jazz piano and jazz harmony.

Unit outlines

Unit outlines will be available 2 weeks before the first day of teaching for the relevant session.