An Auditory Approach To Jazz

What makes About That Jazz a unique jazz education experience.
Jazz Rhythm Dialect

Jazz like all other music genre gets its momentum from the interpretation of its rhythm. Rhythm is fundamental to creating the feeling for swing.

An Aural Approach

The conceptual approach of this jazz rhythm dialect is rooted in the feel of the rhythm of spoken syllables. This approach can help develop a natural feel to swing and help young players understand the concept of swing.


“In Jazz, improvisation isn’t a matter of just making any ol’ thing up. Jazz, like any language, has its own grammar and vocabulary. There’s no right or wrong, just some choices that are better than others.” Wynton Marsalis

About That Jazz

An Auditory Approach To Jazz
Jazz is deeply rooted in the auditory tradition of African music.

About That Jazz is a curriculum written in a lesson plan format that approaches jazz education in the aural tradition used by the masters of this art form. Jazz is a verbatim language and the language of jazz must be learned to help create the feeling of swing. Traditionally the jazz language was taught on the bandstand or in jam sessions with the masters performing while students of the music listened, observed, and imitated what they heard. The challenge of any jazz curriculum is presenting information that was passed on to generations of musicians in a non-formal setting, to new ones. About That Jazz presents information and concepts in an innovative setting that encourages the “looseness” and/or “freedom” musicians developed in jam sessions. Additionally it will help students discover the beauty of self-expression that too often eludes them but is essential to the performance of jazz.

  • National Core Arts Standards
  • Lesson Plan Format
  • Objectives


A highly respected and award winning jazz educator.
Jose is one of today’s most sought after jazz educator. A recent recipient of the John Laporta Educator of the Year Award and recently inducted into Down Beat Magazine’s Jazz Education Hall of Fame, Jose is the founder and artistic director of the Díaz Music Institute and director of bands at MacArthur High School in Houston, Texas.


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