Jimmy Heath and the Schillinger System

Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz

“During the 70’s Heath began to pursue writing intensely. He learned the Schillinger System of Musical Composition from one of its prominent adherents, Rudolf Schramm”I became one of Rudy’s students,” “It was all about a numerical system that helped me find all kinds of different chord sequence you might not think of intuitively on your own. I with him at Carnegie artist studio and studied with him for two years, as a result I wrote my first extended piece,  an Afro-American suite of evolution [1973], with African percussion, a big band, strings and a choir he took me to the next step.”

Downbeat May 2014


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