Free Music Workshop: “Using Blues In Jazz” @ TX Historical Society

On June 15, noon-2:00pm, Paul Klemperer will lead a free workshop: “Using Blues In Jazz.”  The 2-hour workshop, sponsored by Diverse Arts Culture Works and the Austin Jazz Alliance, is aimed at beginning to intermediate players who want to learn jazz, but may be coming from other musical styles like rock, blues, folk and classical.  Some knowledge of basic major and minor chords, and the minor pentatonic scale, is helpful but not essential.

Paul will demonstrate melodic and rhythmic phrases that occur in many jazz tunes, and are helpful for playing solos over various jazz song forms.  Participants can bring their instruments and will have a chance to play.

This workshop is an introductory sample of other workshops and classes offered by Paul.  Handouts and links to helpful online PDF’s will be available.

Horn Section Workshop

Paul Klemperer leads a Horn Section Workshop, open to horn players with basic to intermediate skills who want to fine-tune their section playing in popular styles like Blues, R&B, Funk and Swing Jazz.
If interested, contact Paul Klmeperer: email

Date: May 26 2012. 9:30am – 3:00pm.

Location: 1704 Westmoor Drive, Austin TX, 78723

Price: $50. Lunch, printed materials & CD included.


9:30 – 10:00am: Arrive/Setup. Handout of materials.

10:00 – 11:00am: Introduction to material covered.
1. Common styles of horn section and their historical origins.
2. Types and function of different horn sections: Intros/Outros, Riffs, Pads, Stabs/Punches, Fills, Call & Answer.
3. Analysis of sample horn charts.
4. Exercises, individual questions.

11:00am – Noon: Putting it together.
1. Playing through songs/charts. Knowing what to expect.
2. Practical examples of gig situations. Reality vs. theory.
3. Create working horn sections. Assignment of parts.

Noon – 1:00pm: Lunch, discussion.

1:00 – 2:00pm: Horn section performances.

2:00 – 2:30pm: Evaluation, Feedback, Q & A.

2:30 – 3:00pm: Practice plans, goals, upcoming events.

Handout Includes:

Charts for selected songs:
(Tenor sax, Alto sax, Bari sax, Trumpet, Trombone, Concert)
Checklist and exercises
CD with sample backing tracks

Saxophone Warmups Tip#1

Paul Klemperer has been playing and teaching woodwinds for over 30 years. His background includes classical, jazz and over 20 years as a touring musician. In addition, he has a background in martial arts. Drawing from all of these experiences, Paul has a unique approach to practicing and performing music. In this video lesson he explores the idea that warming up doesn’t precede music performance, but is really an essential part of making music.

Jamming in China

In May of 2010, I visited China, meeting with musicians, teachers and friends there.  I was invited to present a few classes and performances, as well as jam spontaneously with a number of musicians.  It was a wonderful experience and I am planning to return to teach some workshops in the future.

While staying at the Red Lantern Hostel in Beijing I had the opportunity to jam with an erhu player.  Big fun!
[Video courtesy of Joyce Klemperer]

Jazz Jams

As part of my mission to play and teach music, I like to host jam sessions and workshops where friends and students can come together to share their music, experiment with musical ideas, and sometimes even teach each other something new.  I host a jam session the first Tuesday of each month at Kickbutt Coffee (5775 Airport blvd, Austin, TX), and also special events at the Victory Grill, a historic nightclub in East Austin (1104 E. 11th st.).

Music Workshops

Paul Klemperer draws on his background in ethnomusicology, sociology and 30 years of professional performance to present informative and entertaining workshops, lectures and group classes on a variety of topics relating to music.

Some of his presentations include:

Jazz History;

Improvisation In Music: How To Jam In Different Styles;

Warming Up: Connecting The Mind & Body As You Play;

Jazz Styles: What To Listen For;

Latin Jazz: A Pan-American Perspective;

Texas Jazz & Blues;

Popular Music In Contemporary Society: Sound As Culture;

Social Issues In World Music;

Making A Living & A Life As A Performing Artist