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Targeting: Improvisation With Purpose-Ebook

A Better Way to Improvise

Do your improvisation wander and phrases seem disconnected? Targeting: Improvisation With Purpose will help show you some of the different ways you can creatively target notes. This will allow you to turn your improvisation into more meaningful communication. Targeting is an approach that I have successfully used with myself and students. I believe this will help add value and benefit to your playing. Targeting: Improvisation With Purpose reveals some of the many different ways we can creatively target notes and create a more meaningful message to our audience.

"Targeting has really zeroed in on some very essential aspects of improvisation for the jazz and commercial player. Perfect for those new to the art or advancing players - check it out!"

Al Hood
Associate Professor of Trumpet
Lamont School of Music
Jazz and Solo Artist


Your Instructor


Jason Klobnak
Jason Klobnak

Jason Klobnak is a versatile trumpet player that has been performing as an active musician, author, clinician, composer and educator. His band, The Jason Klobnak Quintet/Quartet (JKQ) is made up of high-caliber musicians known for their professionalism and versatility. The JKQ (based in Denver, Colorado) performs infectious originals with a B3 organ centered rhythm section; they blend hard bop, soul, gospel, and other world rhythms to create a memorable Jazz experience.

Together they have released their third full-length album in March of 2018 called Friends & Family. It has been very well reviewed, on numerous Top 10 lists for Jazz radio stations across the country (including Denver's KUVO 89.3FM which named it May 2018's CD of the month), and in Jazzweek's Top 100. Each composition was written for specific family and close friends (that might as well be family). Their second album, New Chapter, was recorded in part thanks to the Pathways to Jazz Grant from the Boulder County Arts Alliance. In 2015 and 2016, New Chapter was in the Top 75 on the Jazzweek charts and on the Top 10 playlists for over a dozen radio stations worldwide. Their first album, Mountain, Move made the Best Recordings of 2013 list from AllAboutJazz.com by C. Michael Bailey. His very well reviewed Christmas single, Hark the Herald, in 2016 as part of a creative project with musicians James Roberson and Nathaniel Kearney Jr.

Besides the JKQ, Mr. Klobnak is a B.A.C. (Best American Craftsman-custom trumpet), Denis Wick (mouthpiece and mutes) and Westone Audio endorsed artist (ES20 and Tru Customs). Mr. Klobnak has played and recorded for numerous groups ranging from jazz, soul/R&B, indie-rock/pop and gospel. In addition to performing, he has also written two improvisation-based books called Targeting: Improvisation With Purpose and Breaking the Monotony and is currently an adjunct professor and brass instructor at Arapahoe Community College. Mr. Klobnak holds a bachelor degree from Drake University (Des Moines, IA) and a Master’s degree from the University of Denver, Lamont School of Music (Denver, CO).


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