We begin 2015 with an acedemic look at Emily's work, courtesy of Daniel Lee, from his thesis paper submitted to the University of Adelaide, Elder Conservatorium of Music, South Australia. In his work, 'Emily Remler - Product or Prodigy?', Mr. Lee examines Remler's techniques and phrasing and compares those to her main inspirations, Wes Montgomery and Pat Martino. The study considers Emily's improvised playing and with analysis, seeks to compare obvious influences to her original creativity. Below you can view Daniel's senior performance concert with several Remler selections along with Mr. Lee's original composition, Blue Fugue, performed with trombonist, Steven Bickley using phrases and ideas found in the improvisations of Emily Remler. Click the playlist symbol to see all available videos.
A beloved book by many students of jazz for its incredibly useful approach and information. Each song is covered in detail with discussions of who played it, how it was played, and how the tempos and approaches to the work have changed over time. The history included is a real bonus, learn who composed your favorite jazz standard and the story behind it, ending with a list of suggested recordings to explore. It's a must have for jazz guitarists.
"If you look up just one title in The Jazz Standards, before you realize it you will have spent an intriguing hour or two learning fascinating and new things about old songs that you have known most of your life." - Dave Brubeck
"Which is best: interpretation or song? In any case, jazz and standards are forever locked in loving embrace. A finely researched work." - Sonny Rollins
"This book should be in the library of every gigging jazz musician and every serious jazz fan; to the extent that these 250-plus pieces remain in the repertory, it will be relevant for years to come." - Library Journal
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Deirdre Cartwright and Kathy Dyson keep the torch burning for Emily with their continued Emily Remembered performances with a stop at the London Jazz Festival 2014 for a lovely gig supporting the great vocalist, Norma Winstone and her trio. Find further details by visiting blowthefuse.com
Since emerging on the London jazz scene in 1966 with an engagement at Ronnie Scott’s Club opposite Roland Kirk, Norma Winstone has worked with many of the innovators on the British and European scene. "One of the glories of contemporary jazz" (Jazz Journal) - Her unique voice could be said to define an entire era of British and European Jazz, from re-inventions of The Great American Songbook to more abstract excursions into vocal timbre. She recorded five albums for the iconic German record label ECM with the group Azimuth, with John Taylor and Kenny Wheeler. Her own album for ECM, Somewhere Called Home with John Taylor and saxophonist/clarinettist Tony Coe, has become a classic vocal album, and her latest album Dance without Answer was released on ECM in 2013. "Right now she is at the peak of her form; there is no jazz singer in the country to touch her." (The Times) This concert features Nikki Iles on piano and Mark Lockheart on saxophone.
Support comes from Emily Remembered featuring Deirdre Cartwright and Kathy Dyson on guitar, with guest vocal Sarah P. Invoking the spirit of the late great New York jazz guitarist Emily Remler,their two distinctive voices on the guitar create an intimate sound performing swing, bossa and bop arranged and written by Remler, as well as their own compositions and jazz standards.
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Wolfgang Kulawik joins our team and will offer his transcription expertise on some of Emily’s most cherished songs, especially from her Unpublished library. Visit Wolf Studio for his latest postings.
Offerings so far include: Pocket Wes Carenia Tenor Madness Snowfall Bb Blues
The New England Jazz Society has archived a live performance featuring Emily at the Worcester Jazz Festival from 1985 and highlights some of her most intimate solo playing ever captured on audio. Revel in familiar and first ever songs alike.
The set list is not provided so refer to the index below Track 1: Folk Song ~ TrinityTrack 2: Afro Blue ~ E Samba ~ Manha De Carnaval ~ How Insensitive Track 3: Mocha Spice ~ Pedals ~ Moanin Track 4: A Blues Track 5: Fried Pies (guitar and bass duo) Track 6: A Taste Of Honey ~ Eleanor Rigby ~ D Natural Blues Track 7: Watch What Happens (guitar/bass duo) Track 8: Polka Dots and Moonbeams ~ Cisco Track 9: Autumn Leaves (duo with Jane Miller) Track 10: Blue Bossa (duo with Jane Miller) Track 11: Summertime
For any fan of real books, these real notes from Emily will spark a new interest in an old song.
Visit our newest page for access to a treasure chest of handwritten song roadmaps and chord progressions for many of your favorite Emily compositions and jazz standards.
Courtesy of Emily’s fellow friend and colleague, Kelly Roberti.
Through Watch and Learn Inc, Guy Fenocchi breaks down the techniques and methods that make this blues song swing so sweetly. You receive a 16 minute instruction video, tab and notation pdf and a background track to practice with. It's a bargain for one of her most requested songs.
You won’t find a better or more complete way to learn this classic Wes Montgomery song, a favorite of Emily's which she famously played in Bb. Click the 'Read More' button to check out a free preview from the lesson video.
The Open Mic page is a showcase for both casual and professional players alike.
It's a place for musicians to share both personal and public performances of Emily songs or tributes. Simply email your Youtube link or MP3 file by using the contact page and it will be posted to share with our loyal listeners.
It doesn’t have to be one of Emily’s original compositions but please limit it to the songs and composers she recorded. Don’t be shy, anything of or for Emily is the most honored she could be.
Musician and transcriber, Rob Strait shares some of Emily's compositions that you will find now where else in sets of very accurate and detailed transcriptions. Visit Strait's Corner for his latest postings.
Ballad For A Music Box Blues For Herb Waltz For My Grandfather Select jazz standards
Places around the web that offer interesting stories, photos and music for further Emily research and enjoyment.