A multi-talented keyboard artist and composer, Phillip Keveren displays a tremendous versatility in both his concert performances and his original works. He composes in a variety of genres, and is widely acclaimed for his piano publications. Mr. Keveren presents keyboard concerts and publishing workshops in more than fifty cities a year. Recent tou...rs have taken him to Australia, Southeast Asia, Taiwan, and the United Kingdom.Phillip is co-author, major composer, and MIDI orchestrator of the internationally acclaimed Hal Leonard Student Piano Library, a complete piano method for young students. His unique arrangements are also featured in The Phillip Keveren Series from Hal Leonard.A pioneer in the field of MIDI orchestration, Phillip has created software programs for Yamaha Corporation and produced dozens of piano performances for the Yamaha MusicSoft Library. He is in demand as a “traditional” orchestrator as well. He frequently composes for studio projects in various media, with his orchestral arrangements featured on recent releases by popular recording artists John Tesh, Twila Paris, Bob Carlisle, and Larnelle Harris.Mr. Keveren holds a Bachelor of Music in Composition from California State University, Northridge, and a Master of Music in Composition from the University of Southern California. He lives in Brentwood,TN, with his wife, Lisa, and their two children, Lindsay and Sean. More

An arranging workshop

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Time certainly flies when you're having fun. I realized this year that my first published arrangement was copyrighted in 1984. Math was never one of my strongest subjects, but I think that means I've been at this for more than thirty years. That adds up to a lot of staccatos, phrase marks, altered chords, and double bars. It has been a privilege to...
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Interpreting jazz accents

Accents are a fascinating thing. I mean the kind that keep Americans from understanding folks from across the pond and vice versa. I'll never forget landing at the Edinburgh, Scotland, airport and hailing a cab to my hotel. The cabbie said something to me that sounded vaguely like a phrase I should understand. It might as well have been Martian, fo...
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Chord Substitution

One thing that has always drawn me to jazz is the harmony. It is fascinating to hear how a single chord change can define one artist's interpretation of Autumn Leaves or Night and Day from another artist's interpretation. Applied judiciously, these harmonic variations will add touches of color to your own arranging and performing. When one chord is...
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Introductions and endings

A really great meal is made even better with a tasty appetizer and dessert. A Christmas tree is just not complete without a shining star on top and a decorative skirt around the base. In the same way, a pop or jazz arrangement can go from OK to spectacular with a unique introduction and ending framing it. Let me introduce you to "Molly Malone,...
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Understanding the jazz language

If you are interested in becoming an orchestrator, there is no better teacher than the music itself. Find an orchestral score and recording of Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker: listen, read, and learn! In so doing, you are making a connection between the written page and how it translates into sound. If you want to become a better jazz musi cian ...
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Seventh heaven and beyond

from the series: ​It's Got That Swing: Jazz & Pop Phillip Keveren, Editor The seventh chord serves Western music well in its "dominant" role. What would the "Hallelujah Chorus" be without it? No self-respecting symphony could find its way home without the harmonic tension and release of the dominant-tonic relationship. However, the possibi...
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Just a second... added notes enhance basic harmonies

Of all the seductive elements in the jazz idiom, it was the harmony that attracted me in the beginning. I really can't say when I first heard these  sounds, but I have spent a lifetime listening and adapting them into my own keyboard playing. Jazz and pop players tend to speak  in the language of chord symbols, so it is very helpful to be...
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