(PRWEB) January 29, 2005
The clinic, called ÂMusic for Life,Â will provide a supportive atmosphere for participants to learn and practice improvisational skills. ÂThis is a chance for people to enjoy a day of music-making designed specifically to help recapture the fun of making music,Â says Leighton. ÂThis is the perfect class for those returning to their instruments for the first time in years or for those already actively playing but looking for their first introduction to improvising music.Â Topics to be covered in the workshop include what is improvisation, the blues, chords and scales, understanding the lead sheet, reading simple chord progressions, working with the rhythm section and bandstand etiquette. ÂStudents always seem to leave this clinic newly inspired,Â Leighton adds.
A native of Seattle, Leighton currently resides in San Diego where he made a splash on the jazz scene with his 2003 debut solo release, ÂGroove Yard,Â (Pacific Coast Jazz). His second solo record, ÂJust DoinÂ Our Thang,Â on the same label, is poised for release in May 2005. With a knack for making straight-ahead jazz accessible and inviting, Leighton is getting national airplay and enthusiastic response to his clinics and workshops around the country. Leighton will be joined for the evening concert by an Albuquerque-based rhythm section including David Parlato on bass, Thomas DiMele on piano, and John Trentacosta on drums.
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