Well @meganjerome has inspired me to finally post up some performance video. Glad to hear another NOLA fan throw it down so I’d better step up.
This is my (sort of) transcription of Jon Cleary’s Frenchmen St. Blues from the Treme’ soundtrack. Apologies for the singing but it helps me phrase the bits between vocal and piano and these sorts of tunes need their lyrics in any case. That said - I’m not a singer. Pretend it’s a Keith Garrett tune and you have to listen to him hum…
If it would help I can share the equipment I use to get the overhead shot for PianoGroove. It’s a light weight setup and fits easily in carry-on luggage which I find handy.
haha perhaps @LoriNelson can give you some advice there. Her cat - Sam - loves to perch on her piano.
Thank again for sharing the video John - it was very nice to listen to and the overhead shot makes a performance much more engaging in my opinion.
I hope Jon’s tutorial on Frenchman Street Blues gives you some inspiration to develop your arrangement further. If you have any feedback on the lessons be sure to let me know and we can incorporate all ideas and suggestions into future lessons.
That would be very welcome. I’ve wondered what you educational types are using. I have a big DSLR but that causes the “fiddle factor” to go way up - so something lightweight and/or easier to set up would be best.
Hahaha - yes, I"ve seen her studio photo of “Silver Sam the Hansom Man” and can attest to his general overall hansom-ness.
Absolutely! I’ve been doing a deep dive into that version. He also does a VERY jazz voiced take of Frenchman St on his album “Dyno-mite” that is really nice. I had been meaning to transcribe that one and it might be something that he/you/students might want to have a look at.
I’m eager to try out this course and wonder what level it’s geared towards. I’m working my way through the beginner level, so I’m planning to wait until I’m through with that. I’d like to stay on the jazz track while learning more NOLA style though, so I wonder if there’s a syllabus you’d recommend for that. I also wonder if there are any lessons there on arranging pop songs in a New Orleans style.
Yes Jon’s course is definitely intermediate/advanced level, and so if you are new to jazz harmony, I would recommend to study our first 5 jazz courses to equip you with the foundational knowledge of jazz harmony. I have listed them below.
You might also find Steve’s Chicago Blues course useful to get the feel for the blues form and some common voicings used when playing the blues. His lessons will also help you to develop hand independence which is essential for the New Orleans style.
There is a lot of cross over between the courses so I’d definitely recommend starting with this course by Steve and then progress onto Jon’s lessons.
The 5 Jazz Courses:
Here are the first 5 jazz courses where we cover the bulk of jazz harmony that you will find in Jon’s lessons:
This is not something that we currently have, but it’s certainly an area that we can explore in the future.
After studying some of Jon’s lessons you can try to apply the concepts to pop songs. I’m sure the jazz courses listed over will also give you some ideas and inspiration.
Hope this helps and any further questions just let me know.