Intro to Jazz Improvisation (Fall 2019)

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Intro to Jazz Improvisation (Fall 2019)


Instructor: Randy Sabien

Class time: Thursdays, 6:00pm
Class begins: Oct 17
7 sessions /60 minutes

Ages: 14 through Adult

Contemporary Music Classes are open to all ages, but students under 14 years need special permission from the instructor.

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This class presents a broad survey of basic styles and techniques for jazz improvisation, preparing students for success in what can often be an overwhelming endeavor.

Textbooks: "Jazz Philharmonic" and "Jazz Philmarmonic: Second Set." by Randy Sabien/Bob Phillips. (Available on and

About the Instructor:

Randy Sabien has over 40 years of performing experience as a contemporary violinist, from touring as singer/songwriter Jim Post’s sideman, recording with Greg Brown, appearing on Austin City Limits with Kate Wolf, guest on Prairie Home Companion, shows with Corky Siegel, to leading his own bands often featuring triple fiddles. Randy founded the string department at the Berklee College of Music in Boston in 1978, then 30 years later headed the string department at McNally Smith College of Music in St. Paul. He is the author of the ground breaking jazz method for strings “Jazz Philharmonic” published by Alfred Music. He has recorded a dozen albums which are available online at