IOTL S3-E3: The Theme Dream Machine

IOTL S3-E3: The Theme Dream Machine

Three Sides of A Musical Coin In this highly accessible solo piano program, I creatively blend three musical traditions—classical, jazz, and pop—into one. Combining my own compositions and well-known works by composers like J.S. Bach, John Coltrane, and John Lennon...
IOTL S3-E1: Theme is the Theme

IOTL S3-E1: Theme is the Theme

Summary: After an extended layoff, I’ve decided to get back to Improvisations On the Ledge by sticking to the theme—literally. The entire season—including this episode—is devoted to musical theme: how we create, perceive it, and make music out of it. Show Notes...
IOTL S2-E8: Rearview Mirror

IOTL S2-E8: Rearview Mirror

Remember the Theme Using jazz educator David Bloom’s metaphor, musicians need to look in the rearview mirror and remember the theme if they wish to move forward. But when you look back, you are not just remembering what you played at the beginning of an...
IOTL S2-E7: Planned Chance

IOTL S2-E7: Planned Chance

Planned Chance My intent was to dive into Part 2 of my “End of Melody Episode,“ but by planned chance, I rolled the dice and came up with something completely different. Unplanned, but fated to be this way? Possibly. Almost all improvisation is built upon a kind of...