Randy Halberstadt – Metaphors

“Metaphors for the Musician” (Perspectives from a Jazz Pianist)  $35.95      


     Randy Halberstadt has been a major figure on the Pacific Northwest jazz scene for many years. A multi-dimensional pianist, he is equally at home playing be-bop, Latin, down-home blues, mainstream, free and eclectic jazz. He has performed with Herb Ellis, Terry Gibbs, Buddy de Franco, Pete Christlieb, Bobby Shew, Joe LaBarbera, and many others. On the strength of his large repertoire, great sense of swing, and acute listening skills, Randy has established himself as a first-call accompanist for jazz vocalists. He has performed with Sheila Jordan, Kevin Mahogany, Marlena Shaw, Jay Clayton, and Ernestine Anderson.
     “I know Randy. I love hearing him play. He has humor, drama, conviction and a sense of purpose in his approach to music. I find the same qualities in his new book… Using metaphors to provide insights into the process of music-making, he strikes the right chords again and again with me.   ……He (has) managed to explain certain functions of playing and listening that I had encountered years ago and forgotten about.
     I recommend this book to anyone who is serious about music. Thanks, Randy, for taking the time to compile such a useful and fun guide.” Jessica Williams.

Also endorsed by Bill Mays, George Cables and Peggy Stern.

This is a really different approach to learning to play jazz piano, and very effective. He paints visual pictures that clearly illustrate issues involved with playing jazz piano, improvisation, accompanying others, etc., then, equally clearly, offers practical solutions. Go here to see a few excerpts from his book