Many thanks to the stellar Sheryl Bailey for some great tuition in this master class. To start the session, Sheryl performed a couple of numbers with Jon and Pete on drums and bass:
“Mr P.C.” by John Coltrane
“Blue Bossa” by Kenny Dorham
Mr P.C. Apologies for the quality of the video – I was finding a reasonable position for the camera at the time:
Blue Bossa – wow!:
In an interesting session Sheryl answered questions posed by Mickey which were along the lines of “what can we do to improve”. Some of her answers were: learn your inversions, learn your arpeggios and learn melodic embellishments. Here’s Sheryl talking about arpeggios:
And the use of melodic embellishments (enclosures):
The rest of the session was taken with Sheryl’s extension of the bebop scale called “Microcosmic Bebop Line”. Here is a clip where she demonstrates it and shows a couple of its applications:
We closed with a group performance of “On Green Dolphin Street”.
Many thanks to Sheryl for an inspiring session which along with the morning session should give us a few decades of work!