Skills for the Poetic Language of Jazz Improvisation: with School and Career Guidance

Miles High Music Books

Jazz is a musical language whose mastery is a life-long pursuit of both the truth of the music and the career that enables that journey. 

"Skills for the Poetic Language of Jazz Improvisation" is perhaps the first music education book of its kind that holistically mentors the aspiring artist in both the musical and the professional aspects of a career that seeks out that truth and brings that artist's voicing of the "poetic language of jazz" to the public.  

One of the premiere Jazz performers and music educators of our time, vibraphonist Mark Sherman has transformed his decades of that personal pursuit, and lectures to his students at the Juilliard School, to a book that brings wisdom, perspective and balance to that elusive search for an ideal of musical expression in Jazz improvisation.

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About the author

Mark Sherman is one of the world’s foremost Jazz music educators, acclaimed vibraphonist, composer, producer, and multiple winner of DownBeat magazine's Rising Star critics and fan poll awards from 2008-2014. A Yamaha Performing Artist, Sherman is a member of the faculty of the Jazz program at the Juilliard School in Manhattan, and at New Jersey City University. 

Mark was selected as a Jazz Ambassador by Jazz at Lincoln Center and the U.S. Department of State, allowing him to teach and perform on the Rhythm Road tour in Russia and Asia.  He has been a sideman, a member of the orchestra, or a performer on a Broadway Cast Recording, with more than 160 albums to his credit in all musical genres. He has recorded more than fifteen albums as the leader of the Mark Sherman Quintet and Quartet, or in a duo.  Two of those albums, The Motive Series (2005), featuring Michael Brecker, and One Step Closer (2006), with Joe Lovano, remained on the Jazz charts for 14 weeks.

Born in New York City, Mark attended the High School of Music and Art. He studied percussion at Juilliard with Saul Goodman and Elden Buster Bailey, as well as private studies with Jaki Byard, Elvin Jones, Roland Hanna, and Justin DiCiccio. 

He has performed with stars and legends like Peggy Lee, Frank Sinatra, Lena Horne, Michael McDonald, Tony Bennett, Kenny Barron, Paquito D’Rivera, Sheila E., Aretha Franklin, Chic Corea, Kenny Barron, Joe Lovano, Michael Brecker, Freddie Hubbard, and many others.

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Education / Administration / Elementary & Secondary
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