NEW ENGLAND CONSERVATORY OF MUSIC “TOP SPEED AND IN ALL KEYS” : CHARLIE BANACOS’S PEDAGOGY OF JAZZ. Book Box, a subscription that delivers hand-picked children’s books every 1, 2, that time he also studied privately with Jerry Bergonzi and Charlie Banacos. Charlie Banacos was a music guru. He taught on the North Shore for almost 50 years until , reaching perhaps thousands of musicians all.

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He showed me a fast and effective way of learning a new piece: Regarding the books, yes, he was always reading all of those books. I think he sang with a band for a minute, yeah. Fortunately, being an NEC student allowed me to start taking lessons in three days after I called.

This is to be applied every four measures.

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I am grateful to my good friends Stratis Minakakis and Darryl Harper for their encouragement, support, and help throughout my doctoral studies. Jaki Byard was one of his most influential mentors, as well as a friend.

It is best to avoid singing the note C or bqnacos other notes after hearing them, but rather to identify and name each note instantly without measuring the intervals.

This style imitates the sound of the traditional harp and is greatly influenced by Debussy and post-impressionistic composers and in jazz it is used by [Art] Tatum, Charlie Parker, John Coltrane and others. Now that he is gone, every time I practice his exercises I feel a spiritual connection to him, like he is watching me from above and helps the music to come out of me.

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I’m gonna get ganacos some lessons. Interview by author, phone, 1 August He also really inspired me and made me believe much more in my own abilities. His knowledge base was truly unparralled.


Once proficiency in identifying a single note is achieved, the exercise progresses to identification of two notes played simultaneously.

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Also, his lessons have musical substance of no match. The techniques bools this course deal with aggregates and elision to form harmonic and melodic ideas. Agogics Agogics involves writing small phrases using 8th notes based on a pentatonic scale or fragments of a triad. In turn, when the assignment was completed I had to record the musical examples and mail it back to him for evaluation.

He got me to have an analytical approach to playing, which I never had before. He had so many gifted students, but always made me feel like I was his only student; he really rewarded the effort I put in. We never talked about what we taught.

Along with developing exercises from ideas the masters were playing, he also used classical techniques that he adapted to the jazz language, and also had original concepts for technique, improvisation, harmony and voicings, ear training and chralie. I was becoming more conscious of my decisions. My bbooks, interested in asking Oscar about a specific fingering Art Tatum used, hounded him over several nights seeking an answer. To maintain accurate pitch, Banacos instructed students to play each note on the piano just after singing it, staying in tempo.

This exercise helps to develop proficiency in playing walking bass lines, swing feel, and accompaniment. Kordis 95 Singer, Frank. In many ways he was like a father to me and so many. Bassist Bruce Gertz, on the other hand, mentioned that he was very studious and Banacos 25 Bruce Wolosoff, interview by author, email, 10 September You know, when I think about music and the purity that music has, not hampered by the music business or discolored by any musical business bullshit.


Charlie was a master psychologist. The written lines should exploit the pitches of both triads, but are meant to be less strict than the permutations, by changing direction, as one prefers, and using more or fewer notes from each triad before changing to the next grouping.

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I always felt really challenged with his lessons. I feel that the experience of meeting and getting to know Charlie for ten years was one of the best experiences of my life and I take these experiences or you may call them life 73 74 Nando Michelin, interview by author, audio, Boston, MA, 4 May These and many of his other terms for his courses have become part of the basic lexicon in jazz education. And he was a real music critic. Exercises 2 and 3 discussed below cover various aspects of ear training including, among others, pitch recognition, intonation, aural familiarity with the blues form, and recognition of a pitch as a scale degree or chord tone.

This was particularly helpful because it often made me realize that the reason I didn’t sound like the greats wasn’t that my language wasn’t up to their level which, being a beginner, I had a strong reason to believebut rather that I a wasn’t using the language creatively enough, and b wasn’t paying enough attention to stylistic aspects of my playing.