In addition to packing my house for a move back to the US for the first time in many years, I am in the process of releasing three new books. They are a series of books that will you take you from absolute beginner level to intermediate and advanced master of harmony in no time at all. Volume 1 goes over the basics: How to connect, construct and alter chords. By Volume 2, the focus is on how to put tunes together, understanding the logic of the changes, and creating harmonizations that really bring it to life (12 Real Book standards are analyzed.) Volume 3 is called Digging Down Deeper, and it really does. It starts out simple, but by the end of the book, you'll be taking everything from Octogenic and Whole Tone Scales to Wagnerian Tristan chords and coming up with your own arrangements. It should be out shortly.
Please note, if you have already purchased the book and live in the South Jersey/Philly Metro area you can study with me privately. Also, I am offering free lessons to select users. (The purpose is to see how students are responding to the material.) If you'd be interested in getting a free online or in person lesson, please message me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
An internationally respected music theorist and performer, Eddie was born and raised in Philadelphia and began classical piano training at the age of 5, starting Jazz Studies at Philadelphia's famous Settlement Music School in his teens. Switching to Hammond Organ in his mid 20's, he received his first organ lesson from the legendary Shirley Scott then studied Jazz composition and performance with Blue Note Recording artist Big John Patton. He also received guidance from Austin Mitchell (a favorite accompanist of Ella Fitzgerald) and began performing alongside Byard Lancaster and other "old school" Philly and East Coast Jazz and R&B legends. After recording several CDs which received national air play ( NPR, WBGO and hundreds of radio stations across in the U.S), Eddie became one of the original factory demonstrators for the original Nord Electro, touring Europe to promote their product. Shortly after, he moved to Japan where he spent almost 20 years teaching, leading bandstands and running his own venue which was featured on NHK and in magazines throughout the country. While there, he also did vocal and performance coaching for Victor Records, and was involved in promotions for Yamaha Motorcycles and the Mori Building (celebrating the opening of the famous Roppongi Hills Complex.) Eddie currently resides in Astoria, Queens and is creator of the "7 Secrets of Jazz and Soul" Jazz improv series.
Education: BA in Music, Thomas Edison State University MA Liberal Studies (focus onEthnomusicology and Critical Jazz Studies), Rutgers University (Capstone with Honors) Ed.M, Rutgers University, specializing in Adult Education Recordings | Publications | Interviews
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