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    arr Tony Coe

    Jazzed Up Too for Clarinet

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    Instrument: clarinet and piano
    Grade: mediumdifficult
    Catalogue No: 1307
    ISMN No: 9790570271085

    IMPROVISATION
    "When somebody tells me that they wish they could improvise, I usually reply "If you REALLY want to you will". This may seem quite a hard line to take but, if the will to improvise exists, there is no reason why anyone with however limited a command of their instrument (or voice) cannot realise their ambition, the degree of proficiency attained obviously varying with individual abilities and ABOVE ALL the amount of personal effort.
    As much time as possible should be allocated to ear-training. There are many cassette courses available on the market - such as the David Burge course (for both perfect and relative pitch development).
    Also the development of harmonic knowledge should be on-going, and to this end, use of a keyboard of some kind is imperative. Don't worry how bad a pianist you are - you can only improve!
    An improviser draws upon any sources available to enhance his/her vocabulary - a popular song for instance, or a Chopin waltz, or the modes of Messaien or the pandiatonicism (this being simpler than it sounds) of Stravinsky. It is very healthy to expose yourself to a wide spectrum of music - you will probably find this will lead to the development of other skills such as musical analysis or composition - which of course may well be of material use at times when engagements are thin on the ground and one can turn to arranging, or writing a jingle or even a film score!
    All the pieces in this book have a theme followed by a quasi-improvisational section and a reprise of the theme. If you wish, FEEL FREE TO INVENT YOUR OWN IMPROVISATION or play the written one, or perhaps use the first four bars of the written one as a springboard.
    Please feel free to imbue these pieces with your personality, making alterations and decorations as you feel them." Tony Coe

    ... Charade • Blue September • Some Other Autumn • What Are You Doing The Rest Of Your Life? • La Colina Del Tejon
    Tony Coe
    Tony Coe was the first non-American to receive the world's ultimate accolade - the Jazzpar Prize (otherwise known as the jazz novel) in 1995.

    Clarinetist, saxophonist and composer, he was invited to join the Count Basie band and was featured in the bands of Humphrey Lyttelton, John Dankworth, Kenny Clarke/Francy Boland, Stan Tracey and Henry Mancini (playing the tenor saxophone theme in most of the Pink Panther films), working and recording with musicians including Jimmy Rushing, Buck Clayton, Joe Turner, Cleo Laine, Stan Getz, Dizzy Gillespie, Sarah Vaughan, Carmen Macrae, Zoot Sims, Teddy Wilson, Johnny Griffin, Wynton Marsalis, Ronnie Scott, Phil Woods, Lee Konitz, Kenny Wheeler, Bob Brookmeyer, Clark Terry, Alan Hacker, and in 1999, he was invited to tour Europe as guest soloist with a band of Duke Ellington sidemen including trombonist Britt Woodman and bassist Jimmy Woods. In the London production of 'Lady Day' - a play about a period in the life of Billy Holiday, featuring Dee Dee Bridgewater - he was musical director, performer and actor.

    In 1998 he was awarded an honorary doctorate in music by the University of Kent and he has received the BT jazz clarinet award four times.

    He has composed several pieces of music, with Arts Council grants, including 'Zeitgeist', 'The Buds of Time', 'Songs of Old Chelsington' (orchestral piece for the Chelsea and Kensington Festival), 'England Someone's England', 'Invention on an Ostinato Rhythm' (for wind instruments), and 'The Smugglers Love' (for the 1999 Deal Festival). He has composed several film scores, including a two-hour piece for chamber orchestra to accompany the Marie Epstein silent film, 'Peau de Pêche'.

    Some of his recent recordings include 'Captain Coe's Famous Racearound' with Bob Brookmeyer and the Danish radio band (Storyville), 'Street of Dreams' with Warren Vaché (Zephyr), 'In Concert' with John Horler and Malcolm Creese (ABCDs), 'Ruby' - a quartet album mainly of standards (Zah Zah), and 'Sun, Moon and Stars' with Alan Hacker (Zah Zah).

    He plays in various ensembles including the Coe-Horler duo, the Hacker-Coe duo, the trio - Coe, Horler and Dankworth, a quartet, a quintet, a sextet with Gerard Presencer and Mark Nightingale and (occasionally) larger combinations.

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