The Ellington Study Group is organized and led by composer and pianist Scott Healy, and is open to all music professionals.
The group is intended for professional composers, arrangers and performers from the Los Angeles area, and will feature hands-on study of scores and recordings—not just of Ellington, but of many influential jazz composers and bandleaders from Bennie Moten and Gil Evans to Sun Ra and Ornette Coleman.
Classes have been held at Vitello’s Jazz and Supper Club in Studio City, CA, usually from 10am – noon, with a lunch and hang afterwards. A fee of $25 covers everything, including unlimited coffee.
Details of the Last Meeting:
“Blues for Pablo” by Gil Evans and Miles Davis was on the menu for the last class. We talked about the usual: harmony, spacing, voicings–Gil’s music and arranging techniques are tremendously influential and makes for great study.