Jazz Workshop IV This Coming Saturday!

Finally settled enough in the new place to do another Zoom workshop this Saturday morning at 11 am EST.

I’m starting to get the final files of Bach Shapes II back from the designer and for the next two workshops, I’m going to open it up and talk through some spots with you all. A good chance to see what the books are about, including ideas on how to practice these shapes.

We’ll go for 1.5 hours max, $15 venmo or paypal. Click on the date and time below to be registered, which will get you the video recording of the session, any materials, and a discount code to use towards the new book, or the old ones.


Bach to Bebop: New Bach Shapes Article out for Best Sax Site Ever

Hi! I have a new article out today on the Best Saxophone Website Ever that analyzes one of the etudes from my book, Bach Shapes: The Etudes. Check it out! Pick up the books below and get to practicing.

Bach Shapes: The Etudes out today!

The ebook is available in 4 transpositions!

The new ebooks, Bach Shapes: The Etudes are out today! Very excited to share these books with you. 12 etudes: 10 on standards, 1 freely improvised melody, 1 irish reel in odd time. All of the etudes having backing tracks from a great live band recorded in NYC. Best of all, these are available for C, Eb, Bb and Bass Clef! After the etudes you’ll find 7 pages of analysis, giving the source shapes, from Bach’s music, that I used to construct the etudes.
This book includes (almost) all of the etudes from Bach Shapes I and II, and more, and serves as a great supplement to both books. The analysis is exclusive to this book, and this is the only place you’ll find the etudes transposed for different instruments. Bach Shapes I and II are written in the Eb transposition.

I’m very happy with these, and hope you will enjoy them. I’ve also enjoyed receiving videos of great players playing the studies, like this one I got today from David Valbuena, playing Kosmapolitano from the Bb version.

Click on the products below to get your copy!

These posts also include info on Bach Shapes: The Etudes.

Bach Shapes Etudes Press Release


March 15, 2021 New York, NYBach Shapes: The Etudes is a collection of 12 etudes using Johann Sebastian Bach’s melodic material in a jazz context over standard chord changes.  It will be released in Concert Flute, Bb Tenor Sax, Eb Alto Sax and Bass Clef editions worldwide on Bach’s birthday, March 31, 2021. The book was written by Jon De Lucia, cover designed by Chrissy Kurpeski, and is published by Musaeum Clausum Press. It will be available solely as an ebook on jondelucia.com, later this year on Amazon Kindle and in print.

“These etudes allow you to see how you can apply the basic material from the Bach Shapes books into workable jazz vocabulary. To help understand this I have included seven pages of analysis that explain where each shape comes from. Used in tandem with Bach Shapes and the upcoming Bach Shapes II, you will have a complete system of understand how Bach’s music can influence your jazz playing for the better!” – Jon De Lucia, author.

The etudes are intermediate level, approachable on any instrument. The challenge is more in phrasing and internalizing the material to use on your own. The etudes from Bach Shapes are included here, as are most of the etudes from the upcoming Bach Shapes II (out May 25) and one bonus exclusive etude. The analysis pages will only be found here, and this is the only way to get the transposed versions. An exciting addition is the backing tracks, which were recorded by a quartet of NYC jazz musicians, and vary from swing to samba, and even free jazz and Irish traditional!
Bach Shapes has been praised and used by such player educators as Andrew Sterman (Phillip Glass Ensemble), Lincoln Goines, Walt Weiskopf, Miguel Zenon, Dino Govoni and has been sold at Roberto’s Winds, Boston Sax Shop, Groth Music, Jamey Aebersold Music and more.

Preorders start March 21st at jondelucia.com/shop, and videos will be posted in the coming weeks on Instagram and Youtube of various players playing the etudes. 
IG: http://www.instagram.com/jondelucia. Youtube Channel: http://www.youtube.com/c/jondelucia.

Bach Shapes: The Etudes
by Jon De Lucia
Release Date: March 31, 2021
Imprint: Musaeum Clausum Press
ebook PDF plus audio (print and kindle this summer)
Pages: 25
Retail Price: $16

Press Contact: Jon De Lucia, 617-283-5279, jondelucia@gmail.com

About the Author

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 is a Jazz Professor at 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 with such musicians as Bill Crow, Michael Kanan, Putter Smith, Billy Mintz, Chris Tordini and more. 

Jazz Workshop II Video up on Youtube

Here is a clip from the workshop a few weeks ago, Jazz Workshop II, where we broke down and analyzed one of the etudes from the new books, “Going Bach Home,” based on “Indiana.” Here I go line by line explaining how I applied some Bachian concepts and specific Bach Shapes to the tune. Check it out, I’ll post a clip from Jazz Workshop III soon!