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Pentatonics for Jazz Improvisation – Six-Week Online Class

July 6 @ 6:15 pm - 7:45 pm

Tuesdays 6:15 – 7:45 pm 7/6 – 8/10 (6 weeks)
Please Note: All Listed Classes and Workshops are Pacific Time. This course will be conducted live via video conferencing. A computer or other device with a webcam and microphone and a reliable internet connection is required. Log-in information will be sent to students before the first class meeting!

Many modern jazz players make extensive use of pentatonics in their solos, and often the complicated-sounding, long lines that sound so hip and modern are simply pentatonic patterns or altered pentatonics. This class takes a deep dive into the use of pentatonics in jazz improvisation, from early traditional music to the most modern jazz applications.

Prerequisites: ability to play all major scales.

Required Text: Inside Improvisation Series Vol. 2, Pentatonics by Jerry Bergonzi. (Please purchase class texts from your preferred online retailer).

Instructor: Lyle Link

Instructor: Lyle Link San Francisco based saxophonist and educator Lyle Link brings years of experience as a player and teacher to many settings and groups in the Bay Area. A native of Washington, D.C., Lyle enjoys sharing his passion for the art of improvisation with audiences, as well as musicians and students. While studying at the University of Maryland, College Park under master woodwind artist Chris Vadala, Lyle was also playing in the evenings at local clubs, performing and studying with local greats like Blue Note house bassist Butch Warren and others. Since moving to the Bay Area five years ago, Lyle has become a sought after saxophonist, performing and recording with a wide range of Bay Area artists including the Marcus Shelby Orchestra, the Adam Shulman Sextet, the Jeff Denson Quartet, Illy Bogart, and Tiffany Austin, to name a few. He’s also performed with artists Christian McBride, Warren Wolf, Patti Austin, Larry Willis, George Duke, Curtis Lundy, Ralph Peterson, and Eddie Henderson, as well as pop icons Patti Labelle, James Ingram, Isaac Hayes, Aretha Franklin, and jammed with Prince. He has performed in festivals and concerts in Asia, the Middle East, Europe, South America, and throughout North America, including the Atlanta Jazz Festival and the Monterey Jazz Festival. While living in Washington, DC, Lyle was a member of the Smithsonian Masterworks Jazz Orchestra and did performances with the Richmond Symphony and the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. Currently, Lyle is a Lead Teaching Artist at SFJAZZ where he works to share blues, jazz, and poetry in middle school classrooms throughout San Francisco and Oakland. He also teaches at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music as a saxophone instructor in the Roots, Jazz, and American Music Program (RJAM).


July 6
6:15 pm - 7:45 pm
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