Cookie Waltz has its origin in my very first composition, written while an undergraduate at Orange Coast College under the tutelage of Dr. Edith Smith. The original title, Mookwipp No. 1, seemed a bit strange in retrospect, so I transformed it thus: mook–> cook–>cookie…Cookie Waltz!
With an accompaniment inspired by the slow movement of Chopin’s Third Sonata, Ron Levy has composed a meditative piano solo with an enchanting melody in a stately setting. This intermediate level composition focuses on building and sustaining a long lyrical line over a steady, supportive left hand.
Have a Cow!
Please don’t have a cow when I tell you that “Have a Cow!”, the title, came last. First I wrote the lyrics, on a whim – just going with what the melody suggested. But then cows did appear – first in measure 9, and then literally in measure 31. Of course the title followed naturally, because, well, “cows must go ahead”!
Blue Berries is an upbeat 12-bar blues solo composed by Ron Levy. Features walking bass lines, written-out solo section, and an optional improv section. Make sure to check out the teaching demo video included with this listing highlighting key performance elements. This piece is part of the Jazz Salad songbook.
Boston Lettuce is a bossa nova style solo composed by Ron Levy. This piece is a great introduction to Latin-style rhythms and well suited for early intermediates of all ages. Make sure to check out the lecture-demo video included in this listing. This solo is part of the Jazz Salad songbook.