Members of TSBQ will be joined by a special guest, saxophonist David Sharp on Friday June 30

The Sasha Burdin Quartet continues its#Jazz&Beyond program. We will be joined by a special guest - David Sharp, Saxophone.

In the program "Jazz & Beyond" the Quartet explores an alternative approach to renown compositions by Sonny Rollins, Herbie Hancock, John Coltrane and others. A substantial effort is given to find the right groove and a drum+bass pattern to the band's arrangements. The smooth and yet dramatic saxophone lines are blending with silky and energetic R'n'B rhythms. The program includes original compositions by Sasha Burdin, the leader of the band.

David Sharp is the Professor of Instrumental Music and Jazz at Indian Hills Community College in Ottumwa, Iowa where he directs the Indian Hills Jazz Band and teaches courses in Music Theory, Music Appreciation, and Jazz Appreciation. From 1989 through 1998, David was on the faculty at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln School of Music where he taught courses in the jazz studies department including Jazz History and directed various UNL Jazz Ensembles. Mr. Sharp earned his Bachelors of Music degree in composition from the University of Miami (Florida) and holds a Masters of Music degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

As a free-lance saxophonist and woodwind specialist, David has traveled extensively throughout the Midwest and much of the United States and has performed with several national and internationally renowned jazz and pop artists. David is a prolific composer and arranger of jazz, big band, brass ensemble, and studio orchestra music. His works have been performed and/or recorded by numerous scholastic groups and professional jazz performers throughout the world. In addition, David is the Associate Conductor of the Ottumwa Symphony Orchestra.

TSBQ - Jazz&Beyond at Iowa City BrewLab, Saturday, June 3 6 pm

Dear friends, join us this Saturday, June 3 at 6 pm at BrewLab for Jazz&Beyond. Enjoy locally brewed kombucha while listening to our energetic compositions. Works by Coltrane, Davis, Shorter will be supplemented with Burdin's originals and new funky arrangements. This Saturday we are going to organically blend music and probiotics in a turbulent chemic reaction. :)

"Back to Bach"

The entire music education (jazz and classical) will soon return to its roots and be based on composition and improvisation.
When J.S.Bach taught his sons music, the center of his teaching was improvisation.
C.P.E. Bach's the True Art of Playing Keyboard Instruments describes the skills of a modern jazz pianist: variation, improvisation, figured bass.
For example, figured bass playing - is similar to the ability to interpret jazz chord symbols.
Composition and improvisation were the core skills for all musicians up to the 20th century.
To be continued...
In this article the pianist Gabriela Montero demonstrates spontaneous composition on the theme from "Harry Potter" by John Williams.
Please watch the last video - it is a fugue improvised on Rachmaninov's 3 concerto's opening theme. Masterpiece!!!

Ahead of her concert in Hong Kong, musician talks about spontaneous composition, how jazz took it up in the 20th century, and her mission to bring it back into…

The project "Rediscovering Medtner" has started in March 2017 with the collaborative performance at the Washington Public Library, Iowa

After the performance at Washington Public Library. "Rediscovering Medtner" project. Mar 23 2017.

Jazz & Beyond

TSBQ - Jazz & Beyond

Friday March 31 7 pm

Jazz & Beyond


347 S Gilbert St, Iowa City, IA