Real name: zach lapidus
Occupation: jazz pianist
Information: i grew up in portland, or and graduated from indiana university's jacobs school of music, where i had the pleasure of studying under the great jazz pianist luke gillespie and master pedagogue david baker. i'll always feel indebted to the great teachers i've had -- jon mclaughlin, steve riihiikoski, and especially joanna hodges, awesome concert pianist and even greater teacher, who taught me how to practice.
i mostly play in the indianapolis and surrounding areas, where i have the pleasure with playing with great musicians who've developed into great friends. i've played with (and thus learned a ton from) guys like frank glover, ralph bowen, derrick gardner, and maurice brown. i love learning new things and meeting other musicians.
my other interests include computer programming and computer music, and i also do live experimental electroacoustic music with programs i've written in supercollider. that's about all there is to know.....
Volume 1 of this educational jazz piano book contains 15 jazz piano exercises, tricks, and other interesting jazz piano techniques, voicings, grooves, and ideas Scot Ranney enjoys playing.
Volume 2 has 14 jazz piano exercises and tricks of the trade, and quite a bit of it is Calypso jazz piano related material, including some Monty Alexander and Michel Camilo style grooves. Jazz piano education is through the ears, but books like this can help.
Volume 3 contains 12 jazz piano exercises and explorations by the acclaimed jazz piano educator, pianist, author, and recording artist Tim Richards.
Volume 4 is by Jeff Brent, a jazz pianist, composer, teacher, and author of "Modalogy" and other acclaimed jazz theory and education books. In this book Jeff shares detailed analysis of transcriptions of live performances. He covers everything from the shape of the songs to the tricks and licks he uses in improvised lines to the ideas behind his lush chord voicings.
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