My name is Johannes Pohl. Originally, I’m a classically trained piano player, but since 2010 I’ve been studying jazz as part of an evening training program at the Neue Jazzschool München e.V., majoring in jazz piano and minoring in electric bass.
I haven’t set up this blog to showcase my playing. Primarily, I’d like to use it to track my progress and keep me on my toes, to get in touch and talk shop with other (aspiring) jazz pianists around the world and to share useful practice tips or web resources.
Some weeks ago, Peter Martin – known for his free 2 Minute Jazz Piano clips – launched a website offering online Jazz Piano Lessons. Of course, I jumped at the chance of learning from this great musician.
As part of an ongoing challenge in the forums to select and learn a new tune every month, practice it thoroughly and then post a recording for the other members to comment on, I’ve posted the (first) rendition below of this month’s pick, “Triste” by Antônio Carlos Jobim.
I’m not really satisfied with the improvisation (a little incoherent in places) yet, but I’m gonna use it as a starting point:
Here’s one of my favorite recordings of this classic bossa nova standard:
Album: Oscar Peterson Trio, Live in Cologne, Germany
Hope you like it (please refrain from comparing the two recordings above :-))!