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CWU Clinic Part 1 - Josiah Boornazian
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CWU Clinic Part 2 - Josiah Boornazian
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CWU Clinic Part 3 - Josiah Boornazian
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A bootleg recording of Josiah's clinic/masterclass at Central Washington University from May 4, 2016

Josiah discusses practicing creatively using restrictive parameters during a 2018 guest appearance on the Learn Jazz Standards.com podcast

Josiah discusses why jazz musicians should practice classical music during a 2017 guest appearance on the Learn Jazz Standards.com podcast

Josiah discusses jazz composition during a 2016 guest appearance on the Learn Jazz Standards.com podcast

Josiah discusses practicing using free improvisation during a 2016 guest appearance on the Learn Jazz Standards.com podcast

Clinic: Bakersfield Jazz Workshop - Josiah Boornazian
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A bootleg recording of Josiah's clinic/masterclass at the Bakersfield Jazz Workshop from April 16, 2014

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Citation for Josiah's article in the 2018 North American Saxophone Alliance Journal The Saxophone Symposium:

Boornazian, Josiah. “Paul ‘Stump’ Evans, Russell Procope, and Gary Bartz: ‘Alto-itis’ and the Neglected Jazz Alto Saxophone Masters.” The Saxophone Symposium 41 (2018). Rochester, NY: North American Saxophone Alliance (Boydell & Brewer, Inc.), 18–35.

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Articles and Podcast with Learn Jazz Standards.com:

The (Whole) Truth About Jazz Vocabulary

Improvising With Total Awareness

How Playing Free Can Make You A Better Improviser

The How and Why of Jazz Composing

How Jazz Masters Practice Licks

How to Use Guide-Tones to Navigate Chord Changes

Should I Go to College for Jazz?

How to Use Bebop Scales Like a Pro

What's the True Meaning Behind Jazz Music?

The Right Way to Use the Diminished Scale

8 Reasons Why Jazz Musicians Should Shed Classical

3 Melodic Secrets I Learned from the Jazz Masters

3 Rhythmic Secrets to Make Your Solos Swing Harder

Stuck On One Chord: Improve Your Modal Jazz Solos

“Minor” Issues: 4 Strategies for Tackling Minor ii-V-i’s

The “Secret” Scale to Unlock 2-5-1 Chord Progressions

Take 5: Strategies to Improve Your 5/4 Playing

How to Use the Harmonic Minor Scale Over a 2-5-1

How to Improvise Over Rhythm Changes Like a Pro

Simplify Your Lines With Major Pentatonic Scales

Odd Times: Strategies to Improve Your 7/4 Playing

How to Improvise Over “Stella By Starlight”

3 Polyrhythmic Exercises Every Musician Should Master

How to Play the Modes of the Melodic Minor Scale

5 Ways to Play “Outside” on the Blues

3 Techniques to Improve Your Bebop Playing

Russell Procope’s Solo on “Sweet Georgia Brown”

How to Get Started as a Jazz Composer

How to Play an Intro to a Jazz Standard

How to Improvise Over “Giant Steps”

4 Ways to Make Scales Sound More Musical

6 Common Endings All Jazz Musicians Should Know

How to Use Voice Leading In Your Jazz Solos

How to Play the Elusive Last 4 Bars of “Dolphin Dance”

Exercises to Improve Technique on Your Instrument

Voice it Right: Understanding Jazz Chord Symbols

Dominant 7th Chord Types All Jazz Musicians Encounter

How to Practice Triads for Max Results

How to Master the “Backdoor” Jazz Chord Progression

Why Jazz Isn’t Defined By Your Personal Taste

How to Improvise Using “Constant Structures”

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A video recording of Josiah Boornazian's guest lecture on John Kirby for MSJ 113 - Analysis and Evolution of Jazz Styles I (a jazz history course for jazz majors) at the University of Miami's Frost School of Music from October 11, 2016

A video recording of Josiah Boornazian guest conducting the Frost School of Music "XJB" Large Jazz Ensemble in a live concert performance of his 2008 composition "Intention" on campus at the University of Miami's Clarke Recital Hall, November 9, 2016

A video recording of Josiah Boornazian rehearsing the Frost School of Music "XJB" Large Jazz Ensemble in preparation for a live concert performance of his 2008 composition "Intention" on campus at the University of Miami's Foster Rehearsal Hall, November 8, 2016

A video recording of Josiah Boornazian conducting the University of Miami Frost School of Music Studio Jazz Band during a live radio broadcast at the WDNA radio studio in Miami, December 2016. Watch more videos from this performance here.

A video recording of Josiah Boornazian giving a guest lecture on early alto saxophonist Paul "Stump" Evans at the University of Miami, October 2017.

Footage from Josiah Boornazian's Doctor of Musical Arts Lecture Recital at the University of Miami Frost School of Music from February 18, 2019. After a discussion of the symbiosis between jazz and technology, Josiah performs his original electronic music and demonstrates how he structures his music using Ableton to facilitate live improvisation with digital effects.

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