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With a performance career spanning five decades, Charlie Austin has played on The Tommy Banks Show on CBC and the 1970's and 80's ITV Concert series, where he accompanied singers such as Mel Torme, Henry Mancini, Viki Carr, Connie Stevens, Carol Lawrence, and others. Charlie was the house band pianist and arranger for Second City Television (SCTV), produced in Edmonton. For over thirty years, Charlie taught in Grant MacEwan University’s Jazz Program, where he influenced a generation of Canadian jazz musicians. His comprehensive jazz piano text An Approach to Jazz Piano, and 450 Contemporary Piano Studies in 15 Keys, his groundbreaking collection of studies in popular styles, have been sold around the world. Now retired, Charlie continues to perform, teach, record, and inspire. Recent recordings include solo piano If I Should Lose You (2012) and trio recording Homage (2014).

Friday, January 25, 2019

My Romance with Rock Triad Progressions

From Chapter 11 of An Approach To Jazz Piano

This video is a demo of some ideas for applying "rock triad progressions" to the well known standard "My Romance."

You might remember this idea, but have a look at this previous post to review of the so called (Rock Progressions—really like darker colour shifts): Rock/Blues Triad Progressions

This next video is a take on this, applied to My Romance.  Get a lead sheet of My Romance and follow along...





For an in-depth introduction to rock/blues triads, see Chapter 11 of An Approach To Jazz Piano.

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