This master class outlines the 5 Universal Concepts that are used to develop a solo by analyzing Lyle Mays' great solo with the Pat Metheny Group on the tune First Circle. Intended for players of all instrumentalists and all improv styles, this video can help you to create compelling solos that will tell your story! The class begins with two improvised performances by Dave Frank dedicated to Lennie Tristano.

Watch "Master Class #29: The Art of Developing a Solo - The Music of Lyle Mays" now!

This video, originally released as a DVD in 1998, is a step-by-step guide to beginning blues/jazz improvisation. It introduces basic improv concepts such as feeling in 4's, using triplets and 16/th notes in your line, and much more. This is a great way to introduce the universal principles of improvisation to piano teachers and students.

Watch "Master Class #28: Breakthrough to Improv" now!

Join Dave and two of his advanced students for a Google+ Hangout lesson. Topics include jazz phrasing, playing over modal changes, learning to burn, using triplets and 1/16ths in your line, and much more!

Watch "Master Class #27: Dave Frank Teaching Jazz Online Live!" now!

Designed to be watched in tandem with Part One, Part Two of Beginning Jazz improvisation explains how to improvise over the 4 basic progressions commonly used in jazz, how to improvise over combined progressions, and then how to improvise over a complete jazz standard.

The pdf file for this class will be available soon!

Watch "Master Class #26: Beginning Jazz Improvisation Part 2: Improvising Over Basic Progressions" now!

This class can teach you to begin jazz improvisation. Part One is intended to be watched in tandem with Part Two. Designed for all instruments and voice, Part One explores the 4 basic chord progressions used in common jazz standards and how to improvise over them.

The pdf file for this class will be available soon!

Watch "Master Class #25: Beginning Jazz Improvisation Part 1: Intro to Chord Mapping" now!

Erroll Garner (1921 –1977) was one of the great jazz pianists of the 20th century. A worldwide ambassador of jazz, Erroll was a true natural genius, had a full, rich and expressive piano style, and was an incarnation of joy and spontaneity at the keyboard. His playing is one of the most stylized in jazz piano history, but he was capable of wide musical changes and spur-of-the-moment musical decisions. Erroll Garner is a one-of-a-kind jazz giant whose playing, personality and style made a deep impact on American popular culture.

Watch "Master Class #24: Diggin Erroll Garner!" now!

This video is intended for intermediate to advanced improvisors as a way to develop the ability to improvise fast lines and play at fast tempos. The definition of burning as we are considering it tonight will be defined as being equal to or above 200 bpm on the standard metronome. We will study a number of specific exercises that will help you to gradually but surely increase the speed of your creative playing to the point of burnin’!

Watch "Master Class #23: Learn to Burn!" now!

Oct 12, 2015

New Master Class Coming Soon: Beginning Jazz Improvisation Part 3 - Adding Arpeggios and Extensions to Your Line.

I'll be recording this class in NYC this weekend. Should be online soon!

Jun 2, 2015

Thank you, to those who came to Mezzrow in the Village on Saturday for my Solo Concert/Master Class: The Art of Developing a Solo - The Music of Lyle Mays w/ the Pat Metheny Group! We had a BALL!

Mezzrow is the Cat's Meow, it's the greatest jazz piano club in the world. The ambience is perfect, the Steinway is marvelous, and you can hear the A train rumble underneath you every so often) I had a chance to do a short interview with Spike Wilner after the class, he hipped us to who Mezz Mezzrow was and introduced us to the fantastic scene he has created for our enjoyment. Jazz hasn't been happening in NYC like this since Bird,Diz,Trane, Bud and Lennie were leaving their mark on the Apple. Take advantage of the scene and let's all help make it cook!

The concert and class will be up on YT and on the master class archive at within a couple of days.

Blessings and keep swingin!
Dave Frank

May 12, 2015

Hi musick lovers, you are chord-ially invited to a taping of a master class on the music of Lyle Mays with the Pat Metheny Group and a solo concert by yours truly at Mezzrow, 163 W 10th St. on Saturday afternoon, May 30, from 4-6 PM.

We'll be analyzing Lyle's *incredible* solo on First Circle as recorded on the DVD More Travels, and I'll play a solo set first. The bread is $20 for all, and there will be a 16 drink minimum. This will be BIG FUN at a great time of the week at the hippest club in NYC, consider joining us, do!

Blessings and keep swingin!

Apr 14, 2015

I'm pleased to invite you to a solo concert and a master class on the great playing of pianist Lyle Mays at NYC's HIPPEST new jazz club, Mezzrow, located at 163 W 10th St, Basement, from 4-6 PM on Saturday, May 30th. After I play a solo set we'll be analyzing Lyle's classic solos with the Pat Metheny Group. Beautiful stuff)

The bread is $20 for the concert and class, there is a 27 drink minimum per person.

Apr 9, 2015

Y'all are invited to sit in on a cyberspace jazz lesson with two of my advanced jazz piano students, Gary Staples and Jonathan Hooper. Topics covered in this lesson include learning to burn, playing over modal changes, various LH comping techniques and much more. This is real 27th Century FUN, join us for a jazz lesson in space!

The video can be found on Youtube or the Lessons page.

Previous news items can be found in the news archive.


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Dave Frank is one of the busiest solo jazz pianists and music educators on the scene today. He is the author of the best-selling Hal Heonard book and video series, Joy of Improv and Breakthrough to Improv, was an Associate Professor of piano at Berklee College of Music in Boston from 1987-2004, and was a co-founder of the New York School of Jazz (1983-86). In 2004 Dave moved to New York City to direct the Dave Frank School of Jazz in midtown Manhattan. Read more...


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Brothers of Contrapuntal Swing

Dave has recently formed a burnin' quintet, the Brothers of Contrapuntal Swing, that performs regularly in NYC and elsewhere. The Brothers include Dave Frank on Piano, Larry Meyer on Guitar, Jimmy Halperin on Saxophone, Bill McCrossen on Bass and Skip Scott on Drums. Read more...

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“A master of thematic improvisation” - Amsterdam Jazz Journal

"I can honestly say, after 23 online master classes and 6 years of skype lessons, that I believe Dave Frank to be the best jazz piano teacher on the planet" - Chris DeVito, President, Blue Truffle Music

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