The Jazz Rhythm Section: A Manual for Band Directors - April 2019

“I recommend The Jazz Rhythm Section to all band directors, as a reference guide to a more meaningful understanding of the roles, function, and importance of a jazz rhythm section!” —Justin DiCioccio, associate dean emeritus, Manhattan School of Music Jazz Arts Program 

“This book is a welcome addition to the subject of jazz pedagogy. Thorough and well laid out with clear and necessary information for anyone leading a jazz ensemble.” —Dave Rivello, assistant professor of jazz and contemporary media, Eastman School of Music 

The rhythm section is the foundation of any jazz group and strengthening this section will result in a stronger-sounding band. The Jazz Rhythm Section is intended to be a practical guide, with chapters on each of the primary instruments in the rhythm section: bass, drums, piano, and guitar. Key topics include: 

Equipment and setup issues—from drum heads to bass amps to guitar pickups to miking a piano on stage, each instrument presents unique equipment issues that the director will face. 
Performance practice— including tips on constructing walking bass lines, learning voicings and comping rhythms, and creating drummers’ setup fills. 

A chapter on the rhythm section details all of the interrelationships between the members of the group, suggestions for count offs, and metronome exercises. The Jazz Rhythm Section is intended for novice directors, but directors of all levels will benefit as well.

Published by Rowman and Littlefield in cooperation with NAfME. Available  April 1 2019. Pre-order here.