Day: June 22, 2009

A brief definition of jazz improvisation

Improvisation (or “improv”) is the art of creating a unique, new musical statement on the spur of the moment.  This does not mean that your utterance is entirely without precedent.  Jazz improvisation is a product of the individual’s history, temperament, technical facility, and mood, as well as the thrust of the composition which houses the performance, the history and legacy of jazz as a whole and ones chosen sub-genre in particular.