How To Read Music

How does music work? They want to know.

Participants in our seminar series “The Art Of Jazz” are often very curious about how music is made. We disuses the structure of jazz in that course but folks also want some basics. We found the great Ted Video on YouTube. Enjoy!

Engage The Art Of Jazz At The Jazz Soirée

Engage The Art Of Jazz – Live At The Jazz Soirée October 10

Engage JazzOctober is Engage Art Month in Colorado Springs. The Jazz Soirée is a great way to engage Jazz, America’s original art form. The live jazz concerts, presented by The Art Of Jazz since 2012, include audience interaction, with Joseph Liberti providing some jazz facts and guiding some conversation about the music. If you are new to jazz you’ll feel more at home as you discover.  Experienced jazz fans will get extra enjoyment. The quiet, intimate, listening space gives you a chance to experience the music and the musicians “up close and personal.”

On Friday October 10 from 8:00 PM to 10:15 PM The Jazz Soirée presents: What’s Love Got To Do With at Soirée Events 1003 S. Tejon St. The program includes music from the great American songbook played in a variety of styles. The October event features a rhythm section of some of Denver’s finest jazz players: David Hanson on keyboard, Kim Stone on Bass and Kevin Smith on drums. Joseph Liberti rounds out the group playing some fine jazz flute that can be sweet, cool or sassy.

Sit back, view the wonderful art exhibit, sip some of Soirée’s fine wine or craft beer and engage some great music.

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Fall Into Art – Special Events For October In Colorado

October is Engage Art Month In Colorado

Engage JazzWe can say goodbye to Summer. It’s time to Fall into art!

This October, the Pikes Peak region will celebrate Arts Month as a way to highlight the quality, diversity and value of arts & culture in our community.

Orchestrated by the Cultural Office of the Pikes Peak Region (see, our local Arts Month initiative, called Engage Art, will coincide with National Arts & Humanities Month, which was established in 1993 and is observed every October throughout the United States.

The national program was initiated to encourage Americans to explore new facets of the arts and humanities in their lives, and to begin a lifelong habit of participation in the arts and humanities. Over the past two decades, it has become the nation’s largest collective annual celebration of the arts. October 2014 marks the first time that the Pikes Peak region will join in this national effort.

This October you will find many special events at galleries, museums and music venues – opportunities to explore and engage art to enrich your life. We invite you to participate with us in two special opportunities to engage the art of jazz.

1. The Jazz Engagement at Bemis School Of Art – Begins October 1

This one month adventure into the jazz experience is the current version of our “jazzinar” series which has delighted participants since 2011.  The program uses live and recorded music to transform your ability to listen to, understand and enjoy jazz.

This experience, which includes four seminars and one live jazz concert, is our second at Bemis. The last class was filled 50% with people new to jazz and 50% experienced jazz lovers. All wrote that the series dramatically increased their ability to enjoy jazz and other music!

Click here to see details and enrollment at Bemis. (Not for you this time? Please share the information and help others engage jazz.)

2. The Return of The Jazz Soiree – October 10

After taking the Summer off, the Jazz Soirée returns with some great players, some straight ahead jazz and a few new twists. A great rhythm section is a thing of beauty as they play their way through well loved jazz standards. Come join us and hear Denver’s Hanson, Stone and Smith with yours truly. We’re back at Soirée 100 S. Tejon. Bring your smart phone or iPad and participate in some extra fun. Click here for details and Early Bird tickets at $5 off!

Whichever adventure you choose – be it paintings, sculpture, dance, jazz or more, engage Colorado Springs art and artists this month for more pleasure in your life.

Be well and happy until we see you again,

Joseph Liberti

Engage The Arts – Engage Jazz

This October,the Pikes Peak region will celebrate Arts Month as a way to highlight the quality, diversity and value of arts & culture in our community.This will coincide with National Arts and Humanities month, observed every October through the US since 1993, to encourage Americans to explore art and enrich their lives.

Engage art this month! One great way is to engage the art of jazz at The Jazz Soiree October 10.

Must I dance?

No, you do not need to dance to have fun at Flutedaddy’s Dance Party!

Stepahnie Hancock at FluteDaddy's Dance PartyThis week I have heard from people asking about FluteDaddy’s Dance Party at Ivywild Sunday August 24 at 7:00 PM. They ask, “is this just for dancers? Do I need to dance?” No, you do not need to dance to have fun at Flutedaddy’s Dance Party! If you want to just listen and enjoy some great songs and good times memories this is for you too! It is a real treat to hear our vocalist Stephanie Hancock belting out a Stevie Wonder or Aretha Franklin tune. You will enjoy guitar solos by Alan Joseph and bass rips by Kim Stone and hot sax licks by Brad Eastin and more. This night will be a fun night. Come on down and listen or dance!


Oscar Peterson On Piano Jazz

A Lesson In Jazz Piano Styling of The Masters From The Great Oscar Peterson


Great Songs At FluteDaddy’s Dance Party

Remember How Much Fun These Songs Are To Dance To?

FluteDaddy’s Dance Party (Online Discount Special Tickets Available)

Join us Sunday August 24, 7:00 PM for FluteDaddy’s Dance Party at Ivywild School, the historical school turned marketplace and brewery where neighbors and friends can enjoy local handmade cuisine, drinks, and art at 1604 S Cascade Ave.

A Hot Band

The band includes, Colorado jazz icon Alan Joseph on guitar, former Spyra Gyra and Rippingtons bassist Kim Stone, Lamont music school’s keyboard wizard David Hanson, local drum hero Stefan Flores, popular sax man Brad Eastin, Joseph “FluteDaddy Liberti and Denver’s vibrant jazz/soul vocalist Stephanie Hancock. 

Great Songs

Dance to the tunes of Stevie Wonder, Steely Dan, The Temptations and other pop artists plus Duke Ellington era swing and Herbie Hancock funk and some souls jazz from Horace Silver and others.

Discount Tickets: Individual tickets are $15 and you can buy them for less than $10 with our Online Discount Special.

The Art Of Jazz Seminars: A Profound Gas

The Art of Jazz “Jazzinars” at Bemis School of Art were a profound gas!

Peter Gunn albumWhen pianist composer Henry Mancini wrote music for the 1960’s Television detective series Peter Gunn, one of the songs was titled “Profound Gas.” (a very cool tune, by the way.) Back then, those who were hip described anything that was pleasing or exciting as “it’s a gas.” A profound gas then would be something exciting, deep and intense!

Our recent “The Art Of Jazz seminar series at Bemis School of Art! was definitely a profound gas and, Bemis has asked us to do another series starting October 1 . What made our “jazzinars” at Bemis exciting, deep and intense and why should you care?

As a music lover and supporter of jazz and the arts, you will be happy to know that our seminars are making a big difference. The Art Of Jazz launched it’s first “jazzinars” in 2011 with a purpose of attracting more people to jazz and to increasing people’s enjoyment of the art. Those sessions ran for a year and a half and were a fun success.  This year our seminar series became the first jazz appreciation course ever offered at Bemis School of Art. Here’s some highlights.:

  • Our pre-course survey indicated 50% of those that participated were “new to jazz” and the other half were “experienced jazz fans.”
  • Our post-course survey asked participants to rate their experience and results on a scale of 10 with 10 as very much or excellent.
  • Participants rated their seminar experience an average of 9.8 on a scale of 10.
  • Participants said that the degree to which the seminar increased their ability to enjoy jazz was an average 9.6 of 10.
  • Both newbies and experienced jazz fans reported greatly improved their enjoyment of jazz!

What made the learning experience so deep and satisfying was the use of streaming media with intimate conversation about the music and about ourselves. Participants all got a Spotify account and we used live streaming of Spotify in the classroom sessions. That enabled more personal learning assignments and gave us the the ability to listen together, stop to discuss and then restart.

When the participants attended the live Jazz Soirée that was part of the course they completed additional listening assignments which we discussed at the next class session. The conversations that triggered were profound!

On October 1 2014 TAOJ will start the next jazzinar series called Engage Jazz and it promises to transform your ability to enjoy jazz. Whether you are a newbie or an old pro please consider joking us for Engage Jazz.

Remembering Charlie Hayden

Listen to an interview with Someone who knew Charlie well to get insights into the giant of jazz art.

Bassist Charley Hayden.    Credit: Roger Ressmeyer/Corbis


What Makes Swing Swing?

What is Swing?

Swing, in jazz, has multiple meanings. The word refers both to a style of music and a musical technique.

Swing:  A style of music that was popular from roughly 1930 until around World War II. The music of the swing era, performed mostly by big bands, reached broad audiences over the radio, on records, and in dance halls nation wide. Here’s sample of big band swing by Count Basie:

Swing: A particular lilting rhythm that produces a propulsive feel or groove.
A song played so that it “swings” does not have equal emphasis on each beat. When “swinging it” players give some beats more weight and a little extra something: They demonstrate an ability to hit the beat early (anticipate) or late (lay back) and yet maintain the overall timing precisely. Players who “really swing” have a finely calibrated internal clock and great precision. When the members of the band are all doing this together the band really swings!

Defining Swing: You cannot always define Swing, something is either swingin’ or it ain’t…It’s the particular “feel” within the music.  Big bands, small bands and even individual players can make music swing. Musicians can choose to  play songs in straight rhythm or swing rhythm. Any song can be “swung” weather it is a slow ballad or up-tempo tune. A great example of a player who can swing almost anything is pianist Monty Alexander.

Jazz Standard: Jazz standards are musical compositions which are widely known, performed, and recorded by jazz musicians, and widely known by music fans.Not all jazz standards were written by jazz composers. Many are originally Tin Pan Alley popular songs, Broadway show tunes or songs from Hollywood musicals – the so-called Great American Songbook. The jazz standard repertoire has some overlap with blues and pop standards.

Elevate Your Listening – And a real piano!
July 12  at 8:00 PM The Jazz Soirée will present an interactive concert of jazz standards played in swing style. The concert is in the second floor Music Room at The Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center and we’ll be using the grand piano. (Yes, electric keyboards are fun and easy to transport but this is the real deal!)

The FluteDaddy quartet for this performance features a masterful rhythm section that really knows how to swing. Keyboard whiz David Hanson will be playing the grand piano, with classical/jazz bassist Marc Neihof and first call drummer and clinician Michael Marlier.

Come swing with us!

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Joseph Liberti