Reed Gratz ~ Professor, Pianist, Composer

Reed Gratz ~ pianist/keyboardist/composer/professor

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Diversity through Music

Posted on August 16, 2012 at 1:50 PM Comments comments (1)

Because I am married to a NetherlandsIndies woman, I’ve had the opportunity to spend a great deal of time in theNetherlands during the past, several years. As I am in a mixed marriage, I knowsomething about cultural differences, language interpretation andmisinterpretation; I have first hand knowledge, from several viewpoints, howeasily hand and facial expressions, and nuance and the melody of each language,can be misunderstood.

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Jazz Singers

Posted on August 16, 2012 at 1:50 PM Comments comments (0)

Jazz singers have been an unruly lot.They defy voice teachers; connect to and inspire their fans; infuriate, amuse,and stimulate the musicians who accompany them; take the popular songs we knowand redesign, reshape, sometimes disfigure, reinvent, and improvise upon them.Jazz singers sometimes imitate trumpets, saxophones, guitars, and trombones,and sometimes are imitated by the musicians who play those instruments. Theyscat, slide, warble, yodel, sing in falsett...

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Jazz Singers

Posted on August 16, 2012 at 1:50 PM Comments comments (8)

Jazz singers have been an unruly lot.They defy voice teachers; connect to and inspire their fans; infuriate, amuse,and stimulate the musicians who accompany them; take the popular songs we knowand redesign, reshape, sometimes disfigure, reinvent, and improvise upon them.Jazz singers sometimes imitate trumpets, saxophones, guitars, and trombones,and sometimes are imitated by the musicians who play those instruments. Theyscat, slide, warble, yodel, sing in falsett...

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Tadd Dameron Turnaround

Posted on August 16, 2012 at 1:45 PM Comments comments (0)

Tadd Dameron Turnaround

Posted on May 28, 2010 at 9:28 AM

 Guitarist and teacher Pebber Brown asked for some comments about the Tadd Dameron "turnaround" found in the Bebop standard, Lady Bird.  Here goes:

 C Maj7 -  Eb Maj7 – Ab Maj7 – DbMaj 7

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Lydian Chromatic Concept, George Russell ~ Historical Perspective

Posted on August 16, 2012 at 1:40 PM Comments comments (0)

HISTORICAL PERSPECTIVE

As stated in RobertCogan and Pozzi Escot's enlightening book, SonicDesign: "The European tonal system . . . has been regarded by itstheorists, from Rameau to Hindemith, as a natural order. Certain of themproclaimed the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries as the 'common-practice'period, an astonishing conception when one compares its two centuries of commonideals, with the proceeding thousand years of the European ...

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Music of Black People

Posted on August 16, 2012 at 1:25 PM Comments comments (0)

The different studies of music can easily be a life long search, the performance traditions of those different musics; the countless instruments, written and oral traditions of remembering music and history; music’s integration with human celebration and ritual.  As people it is in the lullabies of ourinfancy, our children’s play songs, our birthdays, it accompanies our marriages, our funerals, we express our thoughts in language with its accomp...

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Composition ~ getting started

Posted on August 16, 2012 at 1:10 PM Comments comments (0)

To compose music is to create an atmosphere of sound, a moodor series of moods established through the organization of sound andsilence.  Creating an atmosphere of anykind – aural, visual, aromatic, through the sense of touch, taste, or acombination of these – requires technique, craft, and intellect, anunderstanding of emotion, inspiration, hard work, and sometimes, luck. 

Like preparing a wonde...

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