JazzCast Ep. 21: JS Williams!

square_finalWelcome to the JazzCast! Today I have an awesome and touching interview with JS Williams, jazz cat and trumpet player from New York. I was really thankful to be able to find a few minutes as he runs back and forth between DC and NY to be able to dig into his latest album, the “Late Bluemer.” He plays with a stellar cast of musicians, including:

What I liked most about this interview was the fact that I would have never known the meaning behind the songs “Grim Reaper,” “Ambivalence,” and “Submission” without sitting down and talking about it. It gives a whole new meaning to his music, and as always, JS tells it like it is! I was also really impressed at his tribute to his various teachers – his father, grandmother, his middle school teacher, and Josh Landris – who taught him one lesson but made an everlasting impact. In honor of all the parents making this the “true” teacher appreciation week I hope you enjoy this interview as much as I did. Please support JS Williams by downloading the songs if you like them!

Click here to access JS William’s iTunes album: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/the-late-bluemer/id604034578 

Click here to access “The Late Bluemer” on CDBaby: http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/jswilliams

Mentioned in this podcast: (links coming soon!)

JazzCast Ep. 20: Christie Dashiell!

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Welcome to the JazzCast! Today we have an interview with vocalist extraordinaire Christie Dashiell! Born in Washington, D.C. and raised in Greenville, NC, contemporary award winning jazz vocalist Christie N. Dashiell honed her vocal skills at Howard University and then, later, the Manhattan School of Music. Dashiell’s history includes performances with Howard’s premiere vocal jazz ensemble, Afro-Blue. She has also performed at the Kennedy Center as a part of the 2010 Betty Carter’s Jazz Ahead residency program. She is the recipient of Downbeat magazine’s Best College Graduate Jazz Vocalist and Outstanding Soloist awards in the jazz vocal category. Most recently, Dashiell appeared on season three of NBC’s “The Sing-Off,” as a member of Afro-Blue and performs with the group, now known as Traces of Blue. Dashiell can be heard on several nationally released recordings including, John Blake’s Motherless Child, the Jolley Brothers’ Memoirs Between Brothers and as a Kennedy Center Discovery Artist on NPR’s “JazzSet” with Dee Dee Bridgewater. She has been seen in concert with Esperanza Spalding, Fred Hammond, Smokey Robinson, Geri Allen and Allan Harris.

Christie is performing at Bohemian Caverns in Washington, D.C. on Friday and Saturday, August 8th and 9th, with two sets each night at 8 and 10 pm. It looks like the 8pm on Friday night has already sold out, so be sure to get your tickets soon! You can get tickets here:  http://www.bohemiancaverns.com/tickets/.

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NY Pics and more

IMG_3618Last Tuesday, I got to run up to New York for a bit to take a professional development course on teaching economics. I’m always at a loss of how to make econ easier, so it was a great way to get some new ideas that are actually fun and informative. I hate lecture! Looking forward to teaching the new year as a result. It will be fun! After the PD, I visited with my good friend Miki for a bit. Walked through Times Square and just loved it. The evening started out with a Barry Harris masterclass. The most amazing thing about the whole experience was watching how hungry the other students were. I was surprised at the diversity of ages – I thought it would mostly be younger cats, but it was all ages, to include seniors just learning to play.IMG_3629 Mr. Harris teaches a piano class first, where he plays something and then everyone (like 25 people) get up to the piano and try their hand at it. Takes forever but is informative and everyone was videotaping. Then came the singing lesson. He calls it ear training, but it’s more like karaoke, but with the same song over and over and over again. At first I was enjoying it because the song was difficult, and we all sang along, but when everyone got up to the mic individually it went a little long. As a result the instrumental lesson was only 22 minutes. However, there IMG_3622was more packed in that 22 minutes than all my college years combined, in some ways. He taught the way jazz should be taught, with the master singing and everyone imitating on their instruments. He started us off with scales (which, by the way, I wasn’t used to playing so fast, he does sixteenth notes at 240), to progress to patterns which he then strung together for sentences. Why isn’t everyone teaching this way? There should be a Barry Harris class at every college and university. IIMG_3655 recorded it on my phone and am slowing making my way through each night. I had difficulty understanding him sometimes, especially the difference between E and D and B, so it’s helpful to have the recording to go back to. That’s not all, though, I found myself at Zinc Bar to see Tivon Pennicott, and then Smalls which was alive and industrious. Met many new jazzers and was elated to see Laurence Leathers again! He was a freshman at MSU while I was a grad student. So many years ago. And now he’s famous, plays with everyone. Then, on Wednesday morning, I got to hang with Lynn Gruenewald, alto sax and flute player from MSU. I got to meet her beautiful dog Remo and catch up on life and happiness. She was actually looking after Ingred Jensen’s daughter (there was a Darcy James Argue rehearsal) so I got to see Ingred and family as well. Her daughter is so smart! I couldn’t believe how well she listened and how interactive andIMG_3641 verbal she was. And so there it is! I’m back again in NY this week as well to get some more Professional Development, and to see more jazz. I’ll also be conducting interviews for my podcast, yay! I’m writing this post as a test for this website, but it’s also fun to review the 24 hours of craziness that was New York last week. Looking forward to more jazz!

JazzCast Ep. 19: Elliott Hughes, Part 2

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Welcome back! This episode is part two of an interview with Australian composer and trumpet player Elliott Hughes. Episode 18 (part  1) was an introduction to large ensemble writing in Australia, and Episode 19 (part 2) is about Elliott Hughes‘ music and his Horizon Art Orchestra.

Elliott Hughes is a Melbourne based composer and trumpet player, who combines interests in jazz, contemporary classical chamber and orchestral music, and electroacoustic music. He has had his music performed in New York, Canada, Hong Kong and around Australia, releasing his debut recording in 2012 with his large ensemble Horizon Art Orchestra.  He has also worked collaboratively with theatre companies, scoring short films, and as a freelance arranger.

Elliott Hughes is coming to Washington, D.C. to have his music performed with the Bohemian Caverns Jazz Orchestra on Monday, August 11th at 8 and 10 pm sets. Additionally, the Brad Linde Expanded Ensemble will perform his music at theJazz Gallery in NYC on August 12th, and at An Die Musik in Baltimore on August 13th. We hope you can make it out to one of these performances!

Upcoming Performances of Elliott Hughes’ Music:

Songs in order of appearance:

Mentioned in this podcast:

Part 1 Episode 18 Mentions:

Part 2 Episode 19 Mentions:

JazzCast Ep. 18: Elliott Hughes Part 1

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Welcome jazz fans! This podcast is an interview with Elliott Hughes, Melbourne based composer and trumpet player, who combines interests in jazz, contemporary classical chamber and orchestral music, and electroacoustic music. He has had his music performed in New York, Canada, Hong Kong and around Australia, releasing his debut recording in 2012 with his large ensemble Horizon Art Orchestra.  He has also worked collaboratively with theatre companies, scoring short films, and as a freelance arranger.

He completed undergraduate study at the West Australian Academy of Performing Arts, and is now completing a Masters degree in Composition at the University of Melbourne. In 2014 Elliott is also currently the West Australian Youth Jazz Orchestra’s Composer-in-Residence, and is currently attending the Atlantic Music Festival Institute throughout July.  

This is the first part in a two part series and focuses on the amazing and talented large ensemble writers that are currently active in Australia. Please check back soon to hear the second part, which will showcase some of Elliott’s own arrangements!

Elliott Hughes is coming to Washington, D.C. to have his music performed with the Bohemian Caverns Jazz Orchestra on Monday, August 11th at 8 and 10 pm sets. Additionally, the Brad Linde Expanded Ensemble will perform his music at the Jazz Gallery in NYC on August 12th, and at An Die Musik in Baltimore on August 13th. We hope you can make it out to one of these performances!

Upcoming Performances of Elliott Hughes’ Music:

Songs in order of appearance:

Mentioned in this podcast:

 

JazzCast Ep. 17: Brad Linde

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Summer greetings! Welcome to episode 17 of the JazzCast, where you can find curated listening sessions with jazz musicians. Today I bring you an interview with DC area jazz saxophonist and educator Brad Linde.

Many people know of Brad as the leader of the Bohemian Caverns Jazz Orchestra as well as his cool “Brad Linde Ensemble,” but his musical direction has changed in the last few years to move more toward free improvisation. And so we have the opportunity to be introduced to some of his new music here: the Team Players, Underwater Ghost, and his latest dixieland-meets free jazz venture Dix Out. Team Players is currently on tour across the United States, so be sure to check them out if they come into your town. Please see their schedule listed below. They just released a CD on July 15th, so please be sure to support them by purchasing their album on CDBaby! Also, the Brad Linde Expanded Ensemble will be at the Jazz Gallery on August 12th in NYC to play the music of Australian composer Elliott Hughes. (psst – we have an interview with Elliott Hughes coming soon too!)

Brad Linde Tour Dates to Note (East Coast):

  • 8/10 – Dix Out at Twins Jazz in Washington, D.C.
  • 8/11 – Bohemian Caverns Jazz Orchestra plays the music of Australian composer Elliott Hughes at Bohemian Caverns
  • 8/12 – Brad Linde Expanded Ensemble featuring the music of Australian composer Elliott Hughes at the Jazz Gallery in NYC
  • 8/13 – Brad Linde Expanded Ensemble featuring the music of Australian composer Elliott Hughes at An Die Musik in Baltimore

Brad Linde Summer Tour Dates (complete list)

(Brad Linde – saxophones, Billy Wolfe – tenor sax, Aaron Quinn – Guitar, Deric Dickens – Drums)

 

  • 7/10 – Chapel Hill, NC @ University of North Carolina  (4 PM)  
  • 7/10 – Carrboro, NC @ The Station  w/ Danielle Soul w/ The Dickens Campaign (9 PM)
  • 7/11 – Greensboro, NC @ Elsewhere  – Brad Linde’s Team Players (8 PM)
  • 7/12 – Durham, NC @ Sharp Nine Gallery  – Brad Linde’s Team Players (8 PM)
  • 7/13 – Washington DC @ Capitalbop’s DC Jazz Loft  – Brad Linde’s Team Players (7 PM)
  • 7/14 – Woodbridge, VA @ NOVA  (9 AM) 
  • 7/21 – Athens, OH @ TBA – Brad Linde’s Team Players and Aaron Quinn’s Liver Quiver
  • 7/22 – Lexington, KY @ Natasha’s Bistro & Bar – Brad Linde’s Underwater Ghost and Aaron Quinn’s Liver Quiver (8 PM)
  • 7/23 – Louisville, KY @ Dreamland  – Aaron Quinn’s Liver Quiver and Brad Linde’s Team Players (7 PM)
  • 7/24 – Lafayette, IN @ Black Sparrow  – Aaron Quinn’s Liver Quiver and Brad Linde’s Team Players
  • 7/25 – South Bend, IN @ Merriman’s Playhouse – Aaron Quinn’s Liver Quiver and Brad Linde’s Team Players (7:30 PM)
  • 7/27 – Chicago, IL @ Phyllis’ Musical Inn  – Billy Wolfe’s Composers’ Tetradectet (9 PM)
  • 7/27 – Chicago, IL @ Hungry Brain  – Jackson/Linde/Roebke/Dickens and Brad Linde’s Team Players (10 PM)
  • 7/28 – Ann Arbor, MI @ Canterbury House  – Brad Linde’s Team Players and The Great Collapsing Hrung  (8 PM)
  • 7/29 – Detroit, MI @ Detroit Contemporary  – Brad Linde’s Team Players and The Great Collapsing Hrung (8 PM)
  • 8/1 – Seattle, WA @ Good Shepherd CenterWayward Music Presents Brad Linde/Erika Dohi Duo and the Syrinx Effect with Kate Olson and Naomi Siegel
  • 8/2 – Portland, OR @ Tea Zone and Camellia Lounge – Brad Linde and Erika Dohi Duo
  • 8/8 – New York City, NY @ Caffe Vivaldi – Brad Linde and Erika Dohi Duo
  • 8/10 – Washington, D.C. @ Twins Jazz – Brad Linde’s DIX OUT
  • 8/11 – Washington, D.C. @ Bohemian CavernsBohemian Caverns Jazz Orchestra plays the music of Elliott Hughes
  • 8/12 – New York City, NY @ The Jazz Gallery – Brad Linde Expanded Ensemble featuring the music of Australian composer/arranger Elliott Hughes
  • 8/13 – Baltimore, MD @ An Die Musik – Brad Linde Expanded Ensemble featuring the music of Australian composer/arranger Elliott Hughes

Songs in this episode (in order of appearance):

Mentioned in this podcast:

 

 

 

 

 

JazzCast Ep. 16: Jeff Antoniuk Part 2

template_verticle_part2_final.jpgHi everyone! This is the second part in a two part series of interviews with Jeff Antoniuk, jazz saxophonist and educator.  Please click here to see the first half of the interview.

Jeff Antoniuk is an internationally respected jazz saxophonist and holds his own education programs to service adult learners, to include the Maryland Summer Jazz WorkshopInDepth Jazz Clinics, and the Jazz Band Masterclass. This year he will be pulling in several high class artists to help him with Maryland Summer Jazz, including: Peter Fraize on sax, Jimmy Haslip on bass, Jim McFalls on trombone, Marty Morrison on drums, Kenny Rittenhouse on trumpet, Donato Soviero on guitar, and Helen Sung on piano. Whew, what a lineup! Additionally, his “Jazz Update” and “MARS 4-tet” groups will play at various locations around DC in the near future. Here are a couple of his upcoming shows:

  • July 18, 2014 – Jazz Update at the Westminster Church in Washington, D.C. for Friday night Jazz. 6 – 9 pm, $5 cover, 400 I Street SW DC. Tickets are sold at the door.
  • July 22, 2014 – MARS 4-tet featuring Jimmy Haslip on bass will be playing atBethesda Blues and Jazz Club. 7:30 pm, $22, 7719 Wisconsin Avenue, Bethesda, MD 20814. Click here to get tickets.
  • July 22 – 25, 2014 – Maryland Summer Jazz Workshop – this is a four day workshop for older adults and features multiple master classes as well as a end concert for all the faculty. The end concert (featuring students and faculty) is on July 25 from 7 – 10 pm at Saint Mark Presbyterian Church at 10701 Old Georgetown Road, North Bethesda, Maryland 20852. Tickets are $20.

Songs in this podcast (in order) are:

  1.  Global Village – from The Jazz Update album titled “Brotherhood”
  2.  Suddenly – from the MARS 4-Tet album titled “The Blind Watchmaker”
  3.  Slickery – from the Jazz Update album titled “Brotherhood”
  4.  Meet Me at the Ponderosa – from the Jazz Update album titled “Brotherhood”
  5.  Hot House – from the Jazz Update album titled “Brotherhood”
  6.  Screwball – from the Jazz Update album titled “Brotherhood”

I will post links to everyone mentioned in this podcast soon. Thanks for stopping by, and I hope you enjoy this interview with Jeff Antoniuk!

JazzCast Ep. 15: Jeff Antoniuk Part 1

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Here you will find an interview with Jeff Antoniuk, jazz saxophonist and educator from the metropolitan D.C. area. This episode is the first part in a two part series – please check back for the second part to go up tomorrow. Jeff is an internationally respected jazz saxophonist and holds his own education programs to service adult learners, to include the Maryland Summer Jazz Workshop, InDepth Jazz Clinics, and the Jazz Band Masterclass. This year he will be pulling in several high class artists to help him with Maryland Summer Jazz, including: Peter Fraize on sax, Jimmy Haslip on bass, Jim McFalls on trombone, Marty Morrison on drums, Kenny Rittenhouse on trumpet, Donato Soviero on guitar, and Helen Sung on piano. Whew, what a lineup! Additionally, his “Jazz Update” and “MARS 4-tet” groups will play at various locations around DC in the near future. Here are a couple of his upcoming shows:

  • July 18, 2014 – Jazz Update at the Westminster Church in Washington, D.C. for Friday night Jazz. 6 – 9 pm, $5 cover, 400 I Street SW DC. Tickets are sold at the door.
  • July 22, 2014 – MARS 4-tet featuring Jimmy Haslip on bass will be playing at Bethesda Blues and Jazz Club. 7:30 pm, $22, 7719 Wisconsin Avenue, Bethesda, MD 20814. Click here to get tickets.
  • July 22 – 25, 2014 – Maryland Summer Jazz Workshop – this is a four day workshop for older adults and features multiple master classes as well as a end concert for all the faculty. The end concert (featuring students and faculty) is on July 25 from 7 – 10 pm at Saint Mark Presbyterian Church at 10701 Old Georgetown Road, North Bethesda, Maryland 20852. Tickets are $20.

Songs in this podcast include:

  1. Isfahan – from the Jazz Update album titled “Brotherhood”
  2. Screwball – from the Jazz Update album titled “Brotherhood”
  3. Brotherhood – from the Jazz Update album titled “Brotherhood”
  4. The Blind Watchmaker – from the MARS 4-tet album titled “The Blind Watchmaker”

Mentioned in this episode:

 

Apps for Jazzers Presentation at NJW 2014

Screen Shot 2014-07-09 at 2.28.14 AMHi everyone! Here is my presentation on “Apps for Jazzers” at the National Jazz Workshop in Winchester, Virginia. This presentation is interactive, so feel free to double click on the sandy part and add your ideas!!! You can access the presentation in many ways:

1. PDF – click here

2. Image – click here

3. Website – click here – http://padlet.com/jazztothebone/jazzapps

 

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Apps for Jazzers

Jazz Apps

iReal Pro app – if you don’t have it, you need it, now. 7.99 https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/ireal-pro-musicbook-playalong/id298206806?mt=8 

Mimicopy – best transcribing app. You can add music via WIFI, slow down, speed up, change keys, and it’s easy to use.

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/mimicopy-slow-down-pitch-shift/id405894824?mt=8 

iImprov Suite of Apps: http://jazzappsmobile.com -android and iphone 

Fundamentals app – learn scales,
chords, jams, ear training
Jazz Theory Quiz app – quizzes on jazz theory, 2.99
The Minor II V app – explanations, jam along 3.99
Modal app – Scales, audio, jams 3.99 Chord/Scale Compendium app – hear
and see any scale/chord .99
Bebop app – 9 lessons in how to apply
the descending half step, 8 jam alongs
3.99
Search “iImprov” and you will see all of them
Good Ear Intervals – Free https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/goodear-intervals-ear-training/id588122114?mt=8 

Jazz Scale App – learn jazz scales, seenotation .99 https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/jazz-scale/id463194964?mt=8 

Jazz Box App – shows you the root chord position for any jazz chord, .99 https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/jazz-box/id532325909?mt=8  

The History of Jazz App – 45 hours of video, iPad only, timeline, 9.99

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/history-jazz-interactive-timeline/id411521458?mt=8 

Bebop Walking Bass App – 3.99 https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/bebop-walking-bass/id733300556?mt=8 

Bebop Scales on Guitar HD – 9.99 https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/bebop-scales-on-guitar-hd/id595790378?mt=8 

Band-in-a-Box – FREE https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/band-in-a-box/id397173717?mt=8 

Barry’s Scale Reminder – .99

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/barrys-scale-reminder/id469793643?mt=8 

Music Listening Apps

http://spotify.com  – listen to any song from computer, pay to listen on mobile

http://listen.to  – just like spotify, but available for mobile, and has lyrics

Naxos music library – many schools
subscribe to this library which allows
you to hear millions of classical songs
online http://www.naxosmusiclibrary.com/home.asp?rurl=%2Fdefault%2Easp 

Recording Apps

Soundcloud – Free

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/soundcloud-music-audio-discover/id336353151?mt=8   

TinyVox Pro – easy to share, email, tweet, etc – free or paid version

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/tinyvox-social-telephone-voicemail/id408118405?mt=8  

Garage Band – https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/garageband/id408709785?mt=8 

Metronome/Tuner/Marching Band

Tempo app by Frozen Ape – create playlists, emphasize beats, light flashes https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/tempo-metronome-setlists/id304731501?mt=8  

Tonal Energy Tuner app – best for pedal
tones https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/tonalenergy-chromatic-tuner/id497716362?mt=8 

A.P.S. Music Master – Tuner, metronome, pdf viewer, markup, audio https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/a.p.s.-musicmaster/id487715143?mt=8 

A.P.S. Tuning Trainer – plays pitches, determine sharp/flat https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/a.p.s.-tuning-trainer/id552848024?mt=8  

Cleartune app – https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/cleartune-chromatic-tuner/id286799607?mt=8 

Audio Engineering Tools

If you’re still using Audacity orGarageband, switch to StudioOne immediately. http://www.presonus.com/products/studio-one/ 

APPS:

Audio Tool – dB meter, tempo, mic, oscilloscope, tone generator, bit calculator, audio glossary https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/audio-tool/id379146462?mt=8   

Audio Tool for Android – spectrum analyzer, heat maps

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.julian.apps.AudioTool&hl=en 

Decibel 10th – decibel meter and oscillator (free)

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/decibel-10th/id448155923?mt=8 

Music PDF Apps

http://imslp.org  – this site allows you to see any score before 1923

Unrealbook app – add pdfs to your iPad, create playlists, sync playlists across devices, turn pages with the air turn pedals, write on pdfs 2.99

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/unrealbook/id370135173?mt=8 

iClassical Scores – search the IMSLP (Internet Music Library) for any score written before 1923 in the publicdomain. Also take pictures and add your own pdfs. 1.99

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/iclassicalscores/id495843728?mt=8 

Teaching Resources

http://padlet.com  – this bulletin board is interactive!

http://recordit.co  – quickly and easily create gifs from your computer

http://flubaroo.com  – automatically “grades” quizzes done through Google forms

http://prezi.com  – create presentations online, beautiful, great for non-linear topics

http://morguefile.com  – free stock photos

http://pdfonline.com  – convert PDF documents to word documents

http://quizlet.com  – create vocabulary sets, play games, print flash cards, print vocab sheet, AUTO GENERATE TESTS!!!!

http://animoto.com  – create animations!

YouTube playlists – I use YouTube playlists to keep all my video resourcesin one place for a topic

http://teacherspayteachers.com  – post your own materials or buy materials from others. Awesome resource for worksheets, bulletin boards, word walls, units, etc.

Video

http://velloapp.com  – like vine, but you can collaborate with multiple people to create a short video

http://wipster.io  – take a video with your phone. Upload it to wipster. send it to someone. they (and you) can put little sticky notes on it.

http://www.coachseye.com/  – coache’s eye app, review video and make annotations

Pocket tuber app – listen to youtube videos in the background

Music Teaching Apps (secondary)

Rhythm Sight Reading Trainer app – play along and it tells you if you played it correctly. Throw it up on a smart boardand let the band use it to warm up for articulations. 2.99 https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/rhythm-sight-reading-trainer/id396302174?mt=8    

Scales Lexicon – learn 100+ scales 4.99

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/scales-lexicon/id418528535?mt=8 

Tenuto app – this is the app that accompanies the website 3.99

http://musictheory.net 

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/tenuto/id459313476?mt=8    

Do Re Mi Voice Training App – sing into this app and it will tell you about pitch 9.99

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/do-re-mi-voice-training/id456486477?mt=8   

Notation Apps

http://noteflight.com  – free online notation program. export as MIDI. share and embed.

http://musescore.com  – create sheetmusic with the musescore software then share it on their website

http://www.lilypond.org  – music notation software, free

Notate Me – app that allows you to write a music with your finger or stylus then converts it to notation. export as MIDI. Notate Me Now is free and only allows 1 staff. 39.99

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/notateme/id699470139?mt=8 

Score Cloud Express – sing it, play it into
your iDevice, and it will write out your
idea in music notation https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/scorecloud-express/id566535238?mt=8 

Instrument Apps

OMGuitar – great app to learn tunes,
strum chords, create music https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/omguitar-digital-guitar/id413803615?mt=8 

ProKeys – great app for keyboards, two manuals https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/pro-keys/id364419812?mt=8 

Synthesizer Apps

Impaktor – awesome drum synth. Hit
the desk and create wav files based on
the sounds https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/impaktor-drum-synthesizer/id557824278?mt=8  

Session Band app – create chords for backgrounds, like band in a box http://www.sessionbandapp.com/ 

Harmonic Explorer – this is a free VST instrument provided by http://www.synthschool.com/free-plug-ins/index.html   which allows you to build square, sawtooth, and triangle waves by adding and subtracting the various harmonics Mechanical Licensing

https://songclearance.com  – LimeLight – clearance; better than Harry Fox (will clear almost anything!)

Digital Hacks

Reflector app – put your iPhone on your computer so it can be projected onto the big screen. Download Reflector onto your PC or Mac and it will pick up your iPhone or iPad through AirPlay automatically. http://www.airsquirrels.com/reflector/ 

https://www.kitestring.io/  – Keep yourself safe as you walk the city at night. You can sign up for this service, and it will send a text to a loved one if you don’t check in when you get home. It’s free and no smart phone required. All text based.

http://onetab.com  – get rid of tab clutter

http://getSignals.com  – track when someone opens your email

http://ifttt.com  – if this, then that. automate anything digitally with “recipes”

http://followup.cc  – automatically sends email reminders

Photon – Flash Browser for your iPad https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/photon-flash-player-for-ipad/id430200224? 

Remote app – free remote from your
phone to Apple TV https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/remote/id284417350?mt=8 

http://shotpin.com  – create a pin from a screenshot

http://www.stitcher.com  – Stitcher app is the best podcasting app! Coming out in new cars along with Pandora. Make playlists, favorite, low bandwidth

Jazz Radio

Listen to jazz from anywhere! http://jazzradio.com
Jazz Radio app – free
WBGO app – free

JazzBird from Jazz Boston app – free

Picture Editing

http://picmonkey.com  – create collages, add text to images, great for Facebook templates

http://pixlr.com  – like photoshop, but free and online

Grid Lens app – allows you to make collages of photos and post to social media https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/grid-lens/id490495120?mt=8 Elementary Music Teaching Apps

Note Squish, app to teach notation for kids .99 https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/note-squish/id381536270?mt=8   

Flash Note Derby – musical note flash cardshttps://itunes.apple.com/us/app/flashnote-derby-musical-note/id453126527?mt=8  

Tap and Sing app for toddlers – learn musical concepts for pre-k children https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/tap-sing-by-storybots-free/id602903380?mt=8 

Cloud Storage

http://dropbox.com  – 3 GB 

http://drive.google.com  – 15 GB 

http://onedrive.com  – 15 GB 

http://box.com  – 50 GB

Motivation apps

http://lift.co  – create goals, social free

https://itunes.apple.com/app/lift/id530911645?mt=8&ign-mpt=uo%3D4 

Safety

Find My iPhone app – enable this to find an iphone from anywhere

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/find-my-iphone/id376101648?mt=8 

Prey app – install this on any of your devices, and it will take photos with your built in camera if the computer is stolen (android and iOS)

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/prey-anti-theft-free-security/id456755037?mt=8  

Just For Fun

http://howmanypeopleareinspacerightnow.com  – self explanatory

Songsterr Tabs and Chords app – learn
any song (500k to choose from) with
tabs and chords https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/songsterr-tabs-chords/id399211291?mt=8 

Shazam – identify any song on the radio https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/shazam/id284993459?mt=8 Background Noise while you Work

http://defonic.com  – pick nature sounds 

http://calm.com  – meditation sounds

http://coffitivity.com  – great starbucks sounds

http://noisli.com  – create combinations of nature sounds

Internet Marketing

http://bufferapp.com  – schedule tweets/facebook posts

http://similarweb.com  – see # visits and traffic for any site on the web

http://vcita.com  – use this to capture leads and interact with people on your site

Google Analytics

CrazyEgg Heat Mapping

Swiftype – know what people are looking for on your website

    

Bullettes Quintet is at the National Jazz Workshop on July 10th

NJW_JTTBFinal.jpgI’m really looking forward to helping out and playing at the National Jazz Workshop this year! The Bullettes Quintet will be doing its favorite tunes from Hank Mobley/JJ Johnson/Curtis Fuller collaborations on Thursday, July 10th, at 3:30 PM in Armstrong Hall at Shenandoah University. The concert is free, so feel free to come on out and enjoy! This is a part of the National Jazz Workshop, one of the premiere jazz camps on the east coast. We will feature Anita Thomas on tenor, Lianna Gekker on piano, Lydia Lewis on drums, Shannon Fearon on bass, and myself on trombone.