Late 90’s was an awesome time for jazz, especially new forms and newer more creative ensemble instrumentation – I really think of this time as the incubator for all the jazz I really love now. Having said that – it still has to swing and in order to get a bit more free there needs to be a grounding or connection to the past. I believe Ornette had/has it – Dave Douglas has it – as do many others. The best place to get it in my opinion is from the all time master of jazz pedagogy Jerry Bergonzi. I spent two years with him and I will probably be mining those lessons for a lifetime. Check out the new series at http://www.jazzheaven.com – or check the video below – enjoy.

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