This week we start on a new song and it's one of my favories to play. Avalon was a twenties hit for Al Jolson but soon became a tune associated with jazz. Benny Goodman was quick to pick up on it as a jazz vehicle and with his trio/swung the hell out of it. Other small bands and big bands alike made it a staple in the 30s and 40s. I love playing it because it's simple enough to play on relatively easy and different enough to be interesting. My arrangement has it starting out with a chorus of the melody and a comfortable two beat feel tempo then changing to a uptempo romp that is fun to try and keep up with. The D minor to F minor section is a nice unique thing that is different than any other song I can think of making it unique and fun. Also the 4 bars on the 5 change and 4 bars on the 1 are really a gas and lend themselves to easy to play changes for learning to play uptempo.
I'm sure you'll have fun with this one. Enjoy!
Topics and/or subjects covered in this lesson:
Loop 0:00 Duke and Herb Ellis Playing Avalon
Loop 1:20 Introduction to Avalon
Loop 2:33 Chord Breakdown
Loop 8:04 Practice Loop of Chords
Loop 9:44 Inversions and Variations
Loop 12:30 Duke's Arrangement with Herb Ellis
Loop 14:27 Closing Thoughts