Note:This thesis is part of a research project submitted in partial fulfillment of the degree of Doctor of Musical Arts in the School of Music. The project also involved the preparation and performance of a recital of music related to the thesis topic.

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Title:Saxophonist Ed Calle: Improvisational tendencies throughout multiple genres
Author(s):Weiss, Howard Scott
Advisor(s):McNeill, Charles
Contributor(s):McNeill, Charles; Gray, Larry; Lund, Erik; Spencer, Joel
Department / Program:School of Music
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Degree:A.Mus.D. (doctoral)
Subject(s):Ed Calle
Jazz improvisation
Jazz theory
Abstract:The purpose of this thesis research is to present, examine, and analyze the improvisational traits of saxophonist Ed Calle across multiple genres. An extensive and thorough interview with Calle conducted by the author provides a detailed look into Calle’s improvisational processes and contemplations across multiple genres. In addition, selected improvised transcriptions of contrasting styles across multiple genres were used to create an in-depth study and analysis document of Calle’s improvisational traits. The results of this research provide significant substantiation in assessing and detailing the improvisational traits of Calle across multiple genres. Calle incorporates mathematical concepts throughout his improvisations. Examining and understanding how Calle uses these mathematical concepts to form harmonic shapes, chromatic and melodic techniques, rhythms and harmonic densities will reveal the unique and identifiable musical voice of Calle. A clear and definitive document representing a surmise of Calle’s improvisational propensity across multiple genres will be the result. These results provide the music student, professor, or professional freelance musician the opportunity to study, understand, and synthesize the unique improvisational traits of Ed Calle across multiple genres.
Issue Date:2020
Publisher:School of Music, College of Fine + Applied Arts, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Genre:Dissertation / Thesis
Rights Information:© 2020 Howard Scott Weiss
Date Available in IDEALS:2020-10-28

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