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Jazz and Contemporary Music Theory

Mike Downes & Brad Klump

The official theory text for Humber College! This is a unique book that spans both jazz and contemporary music. Filled with numerous musical examples as well as exercises for the testing and application of the given concepts or techniques, this text explores the subject of music theory from the most basic to advanced concepts. It is intended as comprehensive volume for music students of all backgrounds and abilities. The book contains large “units” that progress logically from music rudiments to the musical elements of harmony, form and often-neglected elements of rhythm and melody.


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The Juno Awards took place in Vancouver in late March, 2018. It was a thrill to have Root Structure recognized as Jazz Album of the Year:Solo. It features Robi Botos - keyboards, Ted Quinlan - guitars, Larnell Lewis - drums and me on bass. It was beautifully recorded by engineer Steve Bellamy.



Ripple Effect, winner of the Traditional Jazz Album of the Year Juno Award in 2014, is available on itunes and at!

Mike Downes - bass, Robo Botos - piano, Ethan Ardelli - drums and special guest Ted Quinlan - guitar.

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