Joe Solomon - Jazz Improvisation Workshop
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
Able to read music
Frequently asked questions
What is your typical process for working with a new student?
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