Getting out of the improvisation box harmonically

For this attribute of improvisation, I thought I’d ask a real expert on jazz harmony, LeeAnn Ledgerwood, to write this post. She has been on the faculties of Mannes College of Music and the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music since 1992. She was the first of only two members of the jazz faculty […]

Proposal for Bradley Stern

Website proposal for Bradley Stern Overview This proposal outlines the website that Michael Lake through Music Savvy can build for Bradley Stern to create his online presence. The site will provide Bradley with a central hub through which he can showcase himself, his music, and his band. The initial site outlined below should be thought […]

O Christmas Tree

Each year around this time, I arrange a Christmas carol. With Thanksgiving less than a week away, I found myself in the spirit to arrange something for this year. As I did last year, I asked my friend Richie Beirach if he would be so kind as to create for me a reharmonization of a […]

Get out of the improvisation box of articulation range Part 3 of 6

This is part three in the series I am referring to as getting out of the box. There are so many aspects of playing that have a range of options like dynamics, note range, harmony, dynamics, etc. But if you find yourself limited to only a narrow range of these musical attributes, you’re stuck in […]

Getting out of the box of dynamic range Part 2 of 6

In part two of this six-part series of getting yourself out of the box in your improvisation, I want to discuss dynamic range. When I refer to “the box”, I am talking about the limits young or less experienced improvisers find themselves in regarding musical attributes such as note range, articulation, harmony, and in this […]

Get out of the improvisation box Part 1 of 6

What is the improvisation box, are you in one, and how do you get out? The box refers to the limits that younger and less experienced improvisers play within. Those limitations make their playing sound less musical and they dull the emotional impact instead of their playing sounding fresh and expressive. I’ll identify six types […]

Proposal for Dan Dance

Website proposal for Dan Dance This proposal outlines the website that Michael Lake can build for Dan Dance in order to recreate his online presence.  The site will provide Dan with an ability to showcase and promote his solo piano playing and trio for new corporate and private gigs in Milwaukee and the surrounding area. […]

Something is happening to today’s jazz. Why and what to do about it

I came across a brand new jazz album today by Ethan Iverson called “Every Note is True.” It is on the Blue Note label. Listening to it got me thinking… If a friend had played this for me blindfolded without telling me that it was a high-profile guy on the Blue Note label, I would […]

Proposal for Michael Stevens

This is a proposal for Michael Stevens that outlines the website Michael Lake can build for him along with the marketing initiatives that have been discussed for the purpose of showcasing and selling CDs and compositions, as well as being hired to conduct more clinics. In essence, the website and marketing are geared to […]

Proposal for Doug Beach

Website proposal for Doug Beach This proposal outlines the website that Michael Lake can build for Doug Beach in order to refresh his presence on the web.  The upgrade will help Doug attract more people to his compositions and arrangements and in so doing, better monetize his writing. It will also help him better promote his jazz festival, […]

Marketing for musicians

I don’t think it’s any secret that most musicians dislike promoting themselves. I’ll go even further and observe that most musicians are uncomfortable with the whole idea of marketing and selling. Dare I say, they distrust it and most of its purveyors? I want to offer to you the point that marketing and self promotion […]

Proposal for Bob Sheppard

This is a proposal for Bob Sheppard that outlines the marketing initiatives that have been discussed for the purpose of attracting more gigs, students, and clinics. In essence the website and marketing are geared to helping Bob create new sources of income from his many musical skills and experiences. Waiting for calls and emails to […]