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Pianist and jazz educator Bert Ligon leads the Jazz Studies department at the University of South Carolina in Columbia, South Carolina. He is the author of several jazz theory books published by Hal Leonard such as Connecting Chords with Linear Harmony, Comprehensive Technique for Jazz Musicians: For All Instruments, Jazz Theory Resources: Volume 1 and Jazz Theory Resources: Volume 2 The materials presented here are used with permission from the copyright holder.
Drummer and jazz educator Steve Fidyk teaches drum set at Temple University, and plays drums in the U.S. Army Blues. He has toured and recorded with artists such as Maureen McGovern and New York Voices. Steve has also written several drum books published by Mel Bay such as Inside the Big Band Drum Chart, The Drum Set SMART Book, Jazz Drum Set Independence and Mel Bay's Modern Drum Method Grade 1. The materials presented here are used with permission from the copyright holder.
Saxophonist Joseph Henson studied with Bert Ligon at the University of South Carolina as an undergraduate, and then completed his graduate studies at the University of North Texas where he played in the One O'Clock Lab Band for three years (1994-1997). He now plays tenor saxophone in the U.S. Army Blues, and leads his own small group that plays acoustic and electric jazz. He is working on a forthcoming book called Jazz Patterns for Improvisation and Technical Development.
Trumpeter Kenny Rittenhouse did graduate work at The Eastman School of Music and Duquesne University before finishing his Masters degree in Jazz Performance at the University of Maryland. In addition to playing with the U.S. Army Blues and the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra, he has led his own jazz quartet for the past 14 years, performing in and around the Washington, DC area. He currently teaches trumpet at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia.
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|ii-V7-I Outlines||In this handout, Kenny demonstrates some ways to use the bebop scale over a ii-V7-I progression. You could practice these patterns with the play-along recordings offered on this page.|
Craig Fraedrich plays trumpet in the Army Blues and has taught Jazz Studies at Shenandoah University since 1989. He is also a prolific composer and arranger for big bands and small groups.