© 2017 by Mike Fahie

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May 6, 2019

Many students are conflicted about learning jazz standards. Why should we learn songs that were popular almost 100 years ago? How does this reflect on my music today?

In this video, I discuss many of the reasons that jazz musicians and improvisers study jazz standards, and some of the many skills we improve through this study. This kind of study will...

April 5, 2018

The Mike Fahie Jazz Orchestra is recording our debut album, Urban(e) - a mix of classical music with modern jazz large ensemble! I've been posting explanations of how I arranged some of the pieces.

Here's the explanation of how I arranged "Nessun Dorma" from Puccini's Turandot:

If you're interested in pre-ordering the album, or being part of the proce...

April 2, 2018

The Mike Fahie Jazz Orchestra is recording, and I've been posting explanations of how I arranged some of the classical music for the large ensemble.

Here is the breakdown of how I arranged Stravinsky's Firebird:

If you're interested in pre-ordering the album, or being part of the project, please consider joining our Kickstarter here:

Mike Fahie Jazz Or...

March 29, 2018

The MFJO is recording our debut album, Urban(e), and I've been uploading explanations of how I arranged some of the pieces. 

Here's the breakdown of how I arranged Chopin's Prelude op. 28 no. 20

If you're interested in pre-ordering the album or finding out more about the project, please consider joining the Kickstarter, found here:

MFJO Urban(e) Record...

March 15, 2017

So often at jam sessions, players come in and play, and sound like everybody else. It can become hard to differentiate one player from the next, and it can sometimes be tedious and uninspired.

In this video, I give specific musical advice to soloists and the rhythm section on how to play your best at a jam session, and how to stand out from the crowd...

March 8, 2017

(Click here for Part II)

I've been running jam session for over 5 years now, and I've seen people have a really great time, and I've seen others leave disappointed. And I've certainly spoken to people who want to go out to sessions but always seem to end up hating it. 

In this video, I give some advice on how to enjoy yourself at a jam session and lea...

February 11, 2017

NPR's Jazz Night in America has released the full-length concert video of Real Enemies, the Grammy-nominated album from Darcy James Argue's Secret Society. This beautifully-produced video was recorded live at National Sawdust in Brooklyn. Check it out!

February 10, 2017

This year brings some big news as I announce the launch of my brand new shiny website, which will include this blog! I'll be writing about a host of topics related to jazz, the trombone, practice, performance, jam sessions and anything else that seems interesting and piques my curiosity. I absolutely love having conversations about these things and...

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MIKE FAHIE

 

NYC Trombonist & composer • Jazz music and more