BaseStation68 aims to provide a strong foundation in improvisation and group interaction through the study of the great American Art Form – Jazz. Focusing particular attention on the small groups of the be-bop, post-bop, and hard bop eras, we study and perform music from such composers as Charlie Parker, Thelonious Monk, Miles Davis, Bobby Timmons, Wayne Shorter, Gigi Gryce, Hank Mobley, as well as other seminal jazz composers of the 50s and 60s. Our studio encourages participation of all levels, beginner to advanced.
Students look to find their own voice in improvisation by learning about form, chord changes and how to approach them, style, phrasing, and articulation, and transcribing solos of the masters. They learn music theory, how to listen, communicate, and build an improvised solo with shape and form. Jazz instruction is available for any rhythm section or melodic instrument.