The POSTunderground Online Jazz Institute offers a common sense approach to jazz theory, providing players a practical alternative to entrenched orthodoxy. Any musician who's been frustrated by the modal system, or simply wants to explore new ways of thinking, can benefit from POJI's three online classes.
No Nonsense Jazz Theory
This class gives an overview of the system of music itself, with the practical goal of interpreting chord symbols effectively. Jazz theory isn't complicated. Any musician can master it quickly and get on with the real work: playing something good!
The Remarkable II-V Cluster
This class builds on principles laid out in No Nonsense Jazz Theory. The II-V Cluster, an overlooked pentatonic scale, is the cornerstone of a new method of improvisation. In practice, the II-V Cluster greatly simplifies playing over chord changes, allowing musicians to navigate conventional harmonic territory with a minimum of conscious effort.
Building from the 5th: Louis, Lester, Bird
This class, which also builds on No Nonsense Jazz Theory, follows a common thread that runs through the work of these three pivotal geniuses. Louis Armstrong originated the concept, Lester Young developed it further, and Charlie Parker carried it to its logical conclusion. Players will identify and analyze this concept as found in solo transcriptions, with the goal of incorporating it into their own vocabulary.