It is always a rejuvenation to receive confirmations from around the world of Emily’s lasting memory and influence, whether it be a shared story, a newly found archive, a tribute performance, or in this case a transcription of her music.
From many countries I have received personal testaments of love for Emily’s compositions and arrangements and have the privilege of providing a platform for fans to share their work. Here from Japan, Ueda Jiro, a new student of jazz guitar, found Emily among his father’s jazz collection and learned his first Emily chords from him. Ueda was already an avid player of japanese folk and pop music, but it was Emily that made him appreciate jazz guitar for the first time.
Emily’s “In A Sentimental Mood” was particularly special.
I think this tune is her best performance. It contains her sense for beauty and melancholy, that’s how I came to love her music.
~ Ueda Jiro
As for his future plans, Ueda intends to further his studies in jazz methods and playing and will eternally be a fan of Emily Remler.
An exciting and unique school for jazz musicians and teachers has opened it’s doors in Manchester, England beginning September, 2012. The Northern School of Jazz is an alternative weekend institution dedicated to the development, enrichment and advocation of jazz studies.
Our friend, jazz guitarist, composer, arranger and educator, Kathy Dyson heads the Jazz Curriculum and Jazz Guitar departments and has always been at the forefront of initiating and expanding opportunities for studies in jazz everywhere she’s been.
The school offers opportunities for jazz students and jazz teachers alike by having personalized and flexible learning modules from an accomplished and seasoned staff of dedicated and committed jazz performers and educators.
Several new performances have been tracked down from the 80′s of Emily playing the clubs in New York City. They are obvious amateur recordings, but new tunes are always a special surprise to share. Thanks to Simon for his on going vigilance to find new material for AllThingsEmily.
The recordings are comprised of three performances from different venues. First is Emily playing with guitarist John Basile at the Angry Squire Jazz Club on August, 23rd, 1986. Titles include So What, Days of Wine and Roses, Mahna De Carnaval, What’s New, and a couple of Unknowns. The Unknowns sound so familiar but we can’t quite place a name to them yet. If someone recognizes the untitled songs, please let us know.
The second recording took place on August 8th, 1985 at the renowned Blue Note with Paul Socolow on bass and Bob Moses on drums. This short set list includes her favorite Bobby Timmons piece, Moanin, her own composition from the same titled 1983 album, Transitions, and How My Heart Sings made famous by Bill Evans.
The last piece is a single 12 minute plus improv of Emily’s composition, Nunca Mais also from her album Transitions, from an unknown venue in 1984 with guest guitarist Stanley Jordan. You can hear him on the second guitar solo. Enjoy.
Toshikazu Saito recognized the second unknown as Speak Low, a composition by Kurt Weill from 1943, popularized by names like Walter Bishop Jr., Cal Tjader, Sonny Clark and others. Thanks Toshikazu.
another thanks to Mark Perna who studied with Emily back in the day a recognized the first unknown as Midnight Waltz by Cedar Walton. My deepest appreciation to those who keep my information up to date and correct.
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Emily's friend and student, Jane Miller has recently released, Three Sides To A Story featuring 15 standards and pop tunes on jazz and acoustic guitars. A savory collection for solo guitar enthusiasts. Learn more at Jane Miller Website
Check out the new page, Strait's Corner, for hard to find transcriptions of Emily's work from musician, Robert A. Strait.
Rob will be a feature transcriber for us in the future. For now you can find his transcriptions of Emily's Ballad For A Music Box and Blues For Herb, with many options to choose from including head and solo only, full transcriptions and even large print and lead sheets. As a bonus Rob has included the head and guitar solos for a couple of his other favorite jazz guitarists.