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.

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

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!

This is an advanced class intended for, but not limited to, jazz pianists, to introduce the art of touch in piano playing and performance. The subject of creating and controlling the aspect of touch in playing is a vast subject. In the classical piano tradition there are intire schools of thought devotoed to the science of controlling piano touch. The very production of a sound played by a finger is often subject to a complex and exacting application of various muscles, tendons, various non-related parts of the body etc.

Watch "Master Class #22: The Science of Touch" now!

Jan 24, 2015

The first two parts of Dave's four part Master Class Series on Beginning Jazz Improvisation are available now! So, head over to the Master Class Archive and start improvising today.


Jan 23, 2015

Join Dave for a solo concert recorded at Small's before his Erroll Garner master class. Tunes include American Gothic, Portrait of Manet, and Turning it Loose! There is a $0 cover charge and a no drink minimum:)


Jan 16, 2015

I'm thrilled to report that I am now working with The Jazz Guy himself, Bret Primack, to help spread the gospel of jazz through his video channel. Bret is the top jazz video man on YT, and has devoted his life to tirelessly spreading the music we all love worldwide. He has over 25,000,000 hits to date (how's that for jazz?). He will be distributing my master classes on his channel and we'll be creating original content together. Here is our first interview clip about the GREAT Lennie Tristano: http://youtu.be/LRVbXCw6mZU


Jan 15, 2015

Friends and Folks, I'm THRILLED to share this NEW in-depth master class on the playing of the great Errol Garner. Ths class begins with a new performance "Turning it Loose!" and uses video and audio examples to explore the stylistic elements used by EG.

It's free for thee, blessings and keep swingin' from NYC


Jan 5, 2015

Stay tuned for a couple of brand new Master Classes on Beginning Jazz Improvisation and Errol Garner. Subscribe to my YouTube channel and be the first to see all new videos.

Blessings and keep swinging from New York City!


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...

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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