Jazz 38: What Is Improvisation?

Grades: K - 12

Join our band of St. Louis-based musicians as they explain and demonstrate what improvisation is and how it functions in jazz.  See how improvisation is like a conversation, learn how form provides the framework for improvisation, hear how improvisation can start with simply embellishing a melody, and discover how call and response plays into jazz.

This video accompanies Jazz St. Louis’s lesson, “Building the Blues”, which you can access here: https://jazzstl.org/education/elementary-curriculum/jazz-concepts/improvisation/

The entire program is provided in the video play window above.

Four segments edited from the program are available through the links below:

Intro:  Stompin’ at the Savoy
Conversation and Form
Embellishment of Melody
Call and Response