Building Blocks of Jazz

Clavé, November 2014

We follow the journey of a rhythm called Clavé from West Africa to its influence in Latin American Music, ragtime and bebop.

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Building Blocks of Jazz explores the fundamentals of jazz with Phil Dunlap, Director of Education for Jazz St. Louis. His lively lessons often feature special guests who bring their own expertise into play. Find interesting instruction on everything from Groove, to Rhythm to Latin Jazz.

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Clavé, November 2014

We follow the journey of a rhythm called Clavé from West Africa to its influence in Latin American Music, ragtime and bebop.

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Building a Solid Foundation, May 2014

Phil Dunlap demonstrates the process and importance of building a strong technical foundation, which is essential for musicians as they develop technique.

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Improvisation, June 2013

Peter Martin discusses how playing the wrong notes can be the right thing to do in this lesson on improvisation.

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Jazz Piano Styles, April 2013

Host Phil Dunlap introduces viewers to various styles of jazz piano, and discusses how they developed over time. Phil demonstrates Ragtime, Stride, Boogie Woogie and modern day influences.

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Saxquest, December 2012

BBOJ takes a field trip to Saxquest, where Phil Dunlap and owner Mark Overton discuss the history of the saxophone and take a look at some unique, vintage instruments.

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Date: April 18, 2015 Time: 10:00am