Dr. Dieter Wolfgang Rice is a dynamic educator, performer, and scholar. He has performed with
Michael Feinstein, Joe Lovano, John Fedchock, DiMartino/Osland Jazz Orchestra, Seattle Wind
Symphony, Lexington Philharmonic, Dave Frishberg, Ellen Rowe, Jazz Conspiracy, and Jazz Police.
International performances include the Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland, North Sea Jazz
Festival in the Netherlands, and Selmer Showroom in Paris, France. He has won accolades from
Down Beat and Saxophone Today magazines. His arrangement of “Some Skunk Funk” for
saxophone quintet featured Jeff Coffin at the 2013 Jazz Education Network Conference. Dr. Rice
has performed, presented, and adjudicated for the Jazz Education Network, North American
Saxophone Alliance, and National Association for Music Education. Dr. Rice is a middle school
band teacher by day and a performer at night, playing in big bands and jam sessions in the Seattle
Real Book Tunes: Digging Deeper
Sat. April 13, 3:00 Room 113
The Real Book is used at colleges, universities, high schools, and jam sessions. Unfortunately,
it is treated as THE text for learning and performing the jazz repertoire contained within its pages.
Instead, the Real Book should be treated as a guide, and performers need to go to the
sources (recordings). My presentation covers what to listen for when learning jazz standards from
the Real Book (or any other print sources), from simple concepts (what octave to play a
melody in) to more advanced ones (doing your own transcribing to uncover harmony parts,
intros, codas, and wrong chords).