I am primarily a jazz bassist, but I earned a performing arts masters degree in classical bass in 1982 - I have been, as did my teacher Lennie Tristano, teaching the art of jazz improvising to players of all instruments including drummers and vocalists since the mid 1970's - I also spent about thirty years as a member of the music faculty at one of the CUNY colleges - my article "Doing it the Slow Way" first published in 1989 has since circulated widely via the internet and has been translated into many languages including Japanese
What I really love is hearing my students find and develop their own individual "voices" on their chosen instruments - that is what the art of improvising is all about and the reason why I have continued to study and teach it for almost 50 years
He's a great teacher: encouraging, but also knows when and how to critique and not discourage a beginner. Makes sure it is challenging, but not overwhelming. Encyclopedic knowledge of jazz and music theory. Definitely recommend!
I am a graduate from Berklee school of music with a master in jazz studies. I studied music in an academic setting my entire life. But then, I discovered that I was thought the fast way. The way to just get a gig. I then through a friend discovered joe Solomon. Joe’s teaching is the way to internalize the language of music. It’s the way to have a voice and a vocabulary. Not only to get a gig but to feel and experience music. Joe changed my way of seen music forever. He is an amazing musician as well as an amazing human been. If you are serious about Music you must have lessons with Mr. Solomon. He will change your life.
Joe is a true teacher, one of the greatest I have ever had. He will teach you about jazz improvisation, for sure - and he is a master improviser himself - but most importantly he will get your head in the right place so you can access the creativity we all have locked up within us. He is endlessly patient and encouraging and can make anybody feel like a real musician with something to say. He plays bass but can teach you to improvise on any instrument (e.g. I am a trumpet player) because the essentials are the same. Joe's method brings you deep into the creative process to help you find your own style and voice rather than sounding like a copycat. I would venture to say there are very few teachers who can do that well -- and I guarantee you will learn a lot about yourself and about life in the process. In short, he is amazing. You will not regret a moment spent studying with Joe and there's a fairly good chance he might even change your life.
I liked how deeply and intently he listened to my playing each and every week we were working together. He is highly invested in each one of his students and he creates an atmosphere where the process can flourish.
We meet first for a one hour interview at my expense during which I ask new students questions about their experience (I teach students at all levels) and plans - I then go over very thoroughly my approach to teaching and the practical issues (scheduling, cost, etc.) of studying with me - students are encouraged to ask whatever questions they have and decide for themselves whether to continue