49 episodes

Notes on Jazz is for all lovers of this music, musicians, students and listeners. Check out Notes for performance and practice tips, interviews with great musicians and other cool stuff. I’m a jazz pianist, composer and teacher with over 40 years of experience. I'm happy to share my experience of music with you.

Notes on Jazz‪!‬ Keith Davis

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Notes on Jazz is for all lovers of this music, musicians, students and listeners. Check out Notes for performance and practice tips, interviews with great musicians and other cool stuff. I’m a jazz pianist, composer and teacher with over 40 years of experience. I'm happy to share my experience of music with you.

    Ep 48: Ted Howe Interview-My First Jazz Teacher!

    Ep 48: Ted Howe Interview-My First Jazz Teacher!

    Ted is my first Jazz Piano teacher. Although he and I have been  in touch over the years, we haven’t actually talked for quite a while.  Recently, we have been communicating more frequently, and I invited him  to do an interview with me. I will post it here and on my podcast, Notes on Jazz.  As a result, I’m taking some more lessons! Ted has continued to develop  his skills and approach over the years. I find it very inspiring, and  it fits naturally with where I am in my own path at this time. When the  student is ready…..



    Ted  is a great teacher! He got me started on the right path and gave me so  much information and practical guidance. Besides that, he is a great  player and composer/arranger. He is one of the few people around who understands and employs the compositional and arranging approach called  “Line writing”. This approach originated with the work of Duke Ellington  and was further developed by Herb Pomeroy, of Berklee College fame.  More to come about this in our next segment.



    Ted has played with a  Who’s Who of Jazz and pop artists over the years. It’s wonderful to  hear him talk about it all. I invite you to enjoy this talk with a Jazz  Master, and my friend and teacher.



    A note about the interview.  Unfortunately, it cuts off abruptly at the end, as we suddenly ran out  of time. Not to worry, though. I have several more hours of material  that I will be preparing to share, and probably more to come after that!



    Ted Howe



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    I am available for online or in person study.

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    Keith Davis Music



    Check out my new Substack: Bang the Gong: Music and Movement

    • 39 min
    Ep 47: Alan Hall Interview

    Ep 47: Alan Hall Interview

    Alan Hall is a great drummer and composer who has been living in Asheville, NC for the last few years. Alan and I met through Art Lande. Alan and Art have a years long musical and personal association and have played on several recordings together. Art was staying at Alan's home last year when he came to Asheville to perform. I had the good fortune to spend the day with them. 



    In this conversation we cover lots of topics, from ideas about teaching and writing, to the state of the music business, to what it's like trying to become viable as online music biz people. I know you'll enjoy it. 



    Above all, Alan is a great player! I recommend Art Lande's The Silver Fox, Paul McCandless' Shape Shifter, and Bruce Williamson's Standard Transmission. You will find more on his website.



    Alan Hall 

    I am available for online or in person study.

    Reach out to me at: keith@keithdavismusic.com



    Keith Davis Music



    Check out my new Substack: Bang the Gong: Music and Movement

    • 1 hr 8 min
    Ep 46: Contemplation

    Ep 46: Contemplation

    This is a spontaneously improvised thing that I thought you might like. 



    Remember, I'm available for performances and I'm available for private instruction online and in-person.



    Keith Davis Music 

    I am available for online or in person study.

    Reach out to me at: keith@keithdavismusic.com



    Keith Davis Music



    Check out my new Substack: Bang the Gong: Music and Movement

    • 9 min
    Ep 45: Jim Ridl Interview

    Ep 45: Jim Ridl Interview

    Jim Ridl is a great pianist! He's also a composer and bandleader and teacher. I recently had the pleasure of hearing him play at Furman University with the Tim Armacost Quintet. (I just interviewed Tim recently. See Ep 44.) I was particularly struck by Jim's touch and lyricism, by his command of harmony, and by his ability to improvise at length on a theme. He played a beautiful solo piano intro to Wayne Shorter's Infant Eyes that displayed all of these facets of his playing. He also displays great empathy and sensitivity, and strength, as an accompanist and ensemble player.



    The group also held a workshop for students and faculty. I had the opportunity to talk with Jim briefly and he graciously agreed to this interview.

    I think you will find some fascinating and insightful comments here, and a good introduction to this great musician.



    Check out Jim's site for recordings and other info:



    Jim Ridl   

    I am available for online or in person study.

    Reach out to me at: keith@keithdavismusic.com



    Keith Davis Music



    Check out my new Substack: Bang the Gong: Music and Movement

    • 1 hr 10 min
    Ep 44: Tim Armacost Interview

    Ep 44: Tim Armacost Interview

    Tim Armacost recently brought his quintet to Furman, where I serve as an adjunct instructor. I was blown away! First, the band was great, world class. What brought it all together though, was Tim's wonderful playing and writing, and the conceptual approach he brought to the organization of the music. The thing that most impresses me about Tim's playing, is that it is thoroughly modern and contemporary, yet he maintains a sense of lyricism. His sound is big and warm, and he has complete control of expression and dynamics. He made the comment that he wrote the music with these specific musicians in mind, and it certainly works. And of course, it doesn't hurt to have Jim Ridl, Kenny Davis, Joe Locke and Rudy Royston taking care of business, as well.

    I recommend checking out the recording of this band and this music: The Inevitable Note.



    Tim has also published a book, The Jazz Saxophone Book, which is much more than a saxophone book! You can find it on his website, at the link below.



    This is a great conversation, and I'm sure you'll dig it!



    Tim Armacost

    I am available for online or in person study.

    Reach out to me at: keith@keithdavismusic.com



    Keith Davis Music



    Check out my new Substack: Bang the Gong: Music and Movement

    • 1 hr 7 min
    Ep 43: Gary Versace Interview

    Ep 43: Gary Versace Interview

    Gary Versace is one of my favorite contemporary Jazz pianists. He's equally adept at playing organ and accordion, and he's a composer. Gary has taken over the piano chair in Maria Schneider's Orchestra, after the sad and sudden passing of our mutual friend, Frank Kimbrough. It's hard to imagine anyone else filling those huge shoes.

    Gary has played with so many of the current Jazz greats. I had the opportunity to hear him and meet him when he performed at Furman University with Dave Pietro's quintet. And Gary and I have another mutual friend and influence, the master, Art Lande. Art speaks very highly of him!

    This is a fascinating and wide ranging talk, about Gary's growth and development and what he's currently into. Gary also teaches at Eastman School of Music.

    I'm sure you will dig this conversation with Gary Versace.



    Gary Versace

    I am available for online or in person study.

    Reach out to me at: keith@keithdavismusic.com



    Keith Davis Music



    Check out my new Substack: Bang the Gong: Music and Movement

    • 1 hr 8 min

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