Watch the What Is Fusion online guitar lesson by Bruce Arnold from NYC Jazz Guitar Summit

Jane Getter has played with many jazz and rock greats while garnering increasing recognition as a band leader, and gifted writer and instrumentalist. Early in her career she toured with legendary jazz/blues organist Jack McDuff, which provided invaluable training ground. Her composing talents received attention when she won the ASCAP Gershwin Award for Music for Theater or Dance in the mid-90's. At this time she also toured and recorded with Michael Urbaniak's band "Urbanator", (featuring Kenny Garrett, Tom Browne and Lenny White). Getter then teamed up with drummer Lenny White (the legendary drummer from Return To Forever), and co-wrote Urbanator's smooth jazz hit "Hopskotch", along with other compositions which were recorded on White's Present Tense and Acoustic Masters cd. She then received widespread exposure playing in the Saturday Night Live band.

Jane’s segment discusses mixing styles of playing and contemporary fusion. She addresses the question of “what is fusion?” and then using examples from her own music demonstrates harmonic and rhythmic elements found in that style of playing like soloing over time signatures like 5/4 and 6/8, as well as comping ideas.