This Thursday I will be doing a short workshop on Circle of Fifths progressions from the new Bach Shapes book. If you have a chance please join me, I will embed the feed here, or you can watch on Jon De Lucia Music.
Also, I am putting physical copies of the first book on sale for only $14 plus shipping. This is for two weeks only, and includes my newest quartet CD, As The River Sings out on Fresh Sound New Talent. Order now and I’ll ship it right away!
Musaeum Clausum Press is happy to announce the new eBook version of Bach Shapes: Bass Clef Edition. At the prompting of the Berklee College of Music Bass Department and other institutions, Jon De Lucia has rewritten the successful book of saxophone studies for bass instruments. In addition, there is bonus material presented from the upcoming Bach Shapes Two, which will be released in volumes starting Summer 2020.
“Who doesn’t love some Bach?! Jon has done a great job in researching the Bach vocabulary and finding phrases that fit in the jazz idiom. Great melodic snippets that can be applied to common standards and in any contemporary music style. And also great reading material, from the intermediate to the advanced player, with enough variations to keep focused on the page.”
“This is a great book for reading and diatonic fingerboard dexterity.”
– Lincoln Goines, Faculty at Berklee College of Music, played with Dizzy Gillespie, Michael Brecker, Sonny Rollins.
“Jazz musicians have naturally gravitated towards the music of JS Bach for years, so a book like this one has been a long time coming. Jon has done a wonderful job capturing various snapshots of Bach’s seemingly infinite musical language, organizing these shapes in a setting that could be very useful to improvisers. A truly interesting and enjoyable book that will hopefully lead to more volumes in the future.”
The book presents four original etudes on jazz standards, along with many unique patterns taken directly from the music of J.S. Bach and presented in all 12 keys. These sequences can form a strong foundation for melodic invention. The range is from E below the bass clef up to B middle of the treble staff. There are numerous articles written by De Lucia available bachshapes.com that further expand on the material. Videos and masterclasses are presented on the Jon De Lucia Youtube channel. The Bass Clef edition is only available at jondelucia.com/shop. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Jon De Lucia is a woodwind performer based in Brooklyn, NY. He has released three albums as a leader, most recently As The River Sings on Fresh Sound New Talent in 2017. He holds an MA in Jazz Studies from the City College of New York and has studied with Lee Konitz, Andrew Sterman, Bill Pierce, George Garzone, Greg Osby, Joe Lovano and many more. His interest in the music of the baroque led to the forming of the Luce Trio, a new take on early music for saxophone, electric guitar and bass. This group has performed on WQXR’s Bach 360 and released Pieces, Vol. 1 on Musaeum Clausum Recordings. He can be found regularly performing in the NYC area.
Hello everyone, I hope you all are safe in this difficult times. My friend from the Berklee days, Alex Terrier, has graciously invited me to broadcast from his facebook page, Alex Terrier Music, an hour workshop on my book , Bach Shapes, focusing on new materials I am preparing for the second book. I am posting the handout for the lecture here, along with some auxiliary materials that will eventually end up in book two. I hope they are useful!
For those listening at home, I wanted to make available a list of the solos you hear on our new Octet CD. Since the packaging is so minimal, I couldn’t include this information in the release. So, for your guidance and listening pleasure, here are the solos on each track:
Somp’M Outa’ Nothin’ Alto – Jon De Lucia Piano – Ray Gallon
Smog Eyes Tenor – Ted Brown Tenor – Jay Rattman Alto – John Ludlow Piano – Ray Gallon Ted and Jay Trade
The Song is You Alto – Jon De Lucia Tenor – Ted Brown
Venus De Milo Bari – Andrew Hadro Alto – Jon De Lucia Tenor – Jay Rattman Bass – Aidan O’Donnell
I Resemble You Tenor – Ted Brown Tenor – Marc Schwartz Alto – Jon De Lucia
Jazz of Two Cities Piano – Ray Gallon Bari – Andrew Hadro Tenor – Ted Brown Drums – Steve Little
Darn That Dream Alto – Jon De Lucia Piano – Ray Gallon
Preservation Tenor – Ted Brown Piano – Ray Gallon Bass – Aidan O’Donnell Drums – Steve Little
Palo Alto Alto – Jon De Lucia Tenor – Ted Brown
Sextet Alto – John Ludlow Tenor – Ted Brown Tenor – Marc Schwartz Tenor – Jay Rattman Bari – Andrew Hadro Alto – Jon De Lucia
Jon De Lucia Octet Featuring Ted Brown – Live at The Drawing Room
The Jon De Lucia Octet’s debut performance, documented by Tony Melone, featuring Tristano School legend Ted Brown on the Tenor Saxophone. Official release July 10, 2018.
“Some jazz listeners disdain “West Coast jazz, “cool jazz,” or any music in the neighborhood of Lennie Tristano (not just East 32nd Street) as so cerebral that it’s barely defrosted. Jon De Lucia’s Octet shows how wrong that perception is: this music is warm, witty, embracing, not Rubik’s Cube scored for saxophones. Rather, the playful, tender spirit of Lester Young dances through everyone’s heart. This impassioned group swings, even when the players are intently looking at the score. For this gig, the Octet had a great spiritual asset in the gently fervent playing of Ted Brown, a Sage of melodic invention. Also, this session was recorded at one of New York City’s now-lost shrines, Michael Kanan and Stephanie Greig’s “The Drawing Room,” a sacred home for all kinds of music. I am grateful that Jon De Lucia has created this group: so delightful in whatever they play. You’ll hear it too.”
I’ve decided to change it up and redo the site here a bit, opting for a more simple layout. Hope you like it! First, on the new web site I’ve added a new teaching page, where you will find that I now offer Skype Lessons. This is a great way for those interested in what I did with Bach Shapes to talk to me one on one about how to work with the book. Speaking of the book, I’ve gone ahead and updated the page for that as well. There are new article links, photos, and testimonials from customers. Check that out at Bach Shapes.
In other news, classes start at City College this week, where I am teaching two classes this semester, so things will be busier from here on out. Stay tuned, however, as I will soon be adding some free downloads to the Shop page, including new material from the upcoming Bach Shapes book. There will also be a CD release concert for the Octet CD with Ted Brown, my Lester Young article including interviews with Ted and Lee Konitz will finally be published, and more! For now check out the new web site and let me know what you think.