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Tuesday, December 12, 2023
6:00 PM
Education Event

Master Class: Natalie Cressman – Melodic Improvisation

All Ages
Masks are welcome. The café and bar will not be open at this event. Thank you!

In this class, San Francisco-born trombonist Natalie Cressman will explore the process of improvisation, leading participants through concepts over well-known standards, with the aim to deepen their understanding of the song and build a strong foundation of form, time, and how the melody interacts with harmony. The world of jazz education is often saturated with chord scales and patterns, and the importance of crafting melodic ideas gets overlooked. By using our ears, singing, and embellishing the written melody in various ways, improvisation can become something truly rooted in the song and in the moment.

In this Melodic Improvisation class, Cressman will illustrate how to use themes and motifs to craft a solo.

Can’t make it in-person? You can join virtually! Click here to register.


Kuumbwa Jazz Center
320 Cedar St.
Santa Cruz, 95060 United States
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