Jazz Piano Workshop with Scot Ranney
This workshop is for jazz piano beginners and those who have some jazz piano experience and are looking for ways to expand their playing and thinking about jazz piano. You will learn about jazz piano chord voicings, common jazz chord progressions (changes), blues and blues scales, basic jazz theory, and useful jazz piano tricks that you can play immediately. Throughout this process we will apply everything we discuss to songs. There will be a lot of opportunity for everyone to play as well as listen to and discuss performances throughout the workshop. You will learn a jazz standard (from the list below or one of your choice) to help put everything you learn together into something you can sit down and play.
Listening List: These are starting points. Listen to several songs by the same artist to get an overview of their playing.
1. Wynton Kelly -Pfrancing - Miles Davis with Wynton Kelly on piano. This is a piano featured song and one of the great post bop piano solos out there and a candidate for transcription.
2. Thelonious Monk - stretched the idea of harmony and rhythm.
3. Monty Alexander - When Jonny Comes Marching Home - Monty Alexander learned how to play "on stage" and was picked up by Frank Sinatra at the young age of 19. Monty epitomizes jazz piano swing.
4. Oscar Peterson - Night Train - Oscar Peterson is considered one of the greatest jazz pianists of the modern era. His technique is unmatched and he used it to successfully blend old bop with new school swing. "Night Train" is a classic.
5. Chick Corea - SPain - modern jazz pianist who has helped shape the sound of jazz piano. His acoustic and electric projects created new musical vistas for people to aim for.
6. Herbie Hancock - Dolphin Dance - Hancock is a contemporary of Chick Corea but with a different sound. They both explored acoustic and electric music in their own ways.
About Scot Ranney
Scot Ranney is a jazz pianist from Bellingham, Washington who plays and composes music full time. He also publishes jazz piano books, travels the world playing piano, and designs websites for a small group of clients.
Scot’s mom played the piano and the story is that as soon as Scot could reach his hands up to the piano keys he delighted in making as much noise as possible. His mother taught him a few things on the piano for a while but went him to a private classical piano teacher around age 7 and over the next 12 years learned classical repertoire and especially enjoyed Bach, McDowell, and Mozart.
Scot’s professional career started 1987 and soon after that he had an opportunity to play music in Seoul, Korea, where he played in an R&B band at the nicest night club in town. Scot would lead bands in Asia for the next several years before returning to Seattle where he ran bands on a riverboat called the Queen of the West and regularly played in the Northwest in clubs, concerts, and for private events.
In the late 90’s Scot moved to Aspen, Colorado, where he found a job as the house pianist at the prestigious Ritz-Carlton, Aspen, and enjoyed living in the Rocky Mountains for the next few years before returning to the Northwest.
Scot’s currently based in Bellingham, Washington. When he’s not living in Hong Kong and other parts of Asia to play music, he continues to play jazz piano for concerts and events along the entire west coast, from Vancouver to San Diego.
Scot had his start in jazz piano when Don Lanphere, a great be-bop sax player from the bop era, introduced him to Marc Seales, one of the great jazz pianists of our time and who currently is the jazz piano professor at University of Washington in Seattle.
Scot’s brother, Travis Ranney (who is on just about everyone’s A-List for saxophone work and regularly plays with Scot) had been studying with Don Lanphere at the time which is how this all happened.
As played at the Blue Horse Gallery in Bellingham, WA, on August 22nd 2011. A friend recorded it... however we only got half the song because he thought the end of the piano solo was the end of the song! Andy Simmons on bass and Grant Wilson on drums. If you're looking for Bellingham music, jazz piano, jazz trio, or more, contact me. We make music from Vancouver BC to Seattle WA.
Scot Ranney Tr...As played at the Blue Horse Gallery in Bellingham, WA, on Augu...