Friday, May 20, 2011

Jazzed Up!

I recently picked up the music book, "Jazzed up! Classics" by Kevin Olson.

Jazzed Up! Classics

 I LOVE IT!  Of course, I love just about anything done by Kevin Olson.   This book is a real gem.  Now if you are a classical music purist, this may not be for you, but I found it delightful.  Kevin took 7 classical pieces and well, "jazzed them up!".  Some of them are in jazz style while others have a more rock or pop sound.  They are extremely well done and I found them truly fun to play.  They are written for the late intermediate student, but are still fun for the advanced player. 

I especially loved "Lula-blue" - a jazzed up version of Brahms' Lullaby.  It is sweet and tender.  A couple of others I really enjoyed are "Springtime Boogie" - a swing version of Vivaldi's "Spring" from The Four Seasons - and "A Joyful Ode" - a nice arrangement of Beethoven's "Ode to Joy".  Each piece in the book is well done and very creative. 

This book would make a nice addition to your studio and could easily work as an example of improvisation with your students!  It may even encourage them to give it a try!


Anonymous said...

I love this book, too! If you haven't already discovered them, there are 2 other books in this series: Jazzed Up! Folk Songs and Jazzed Up! Christmas. They're ALL great!

Sheryl said...

Thanks for the tip! I was looking at ordering those as well. Now I think I'll go ahead!