Big Band: rhythm section rehearsal

Course Dates: 18/09/21 - 04/12/21
Time: 15:30 - 17:30
Location: KS - Keeley Street
For drums, bass, pianos and guitars, as part of a phased return to Keeley Street. We will rehearse Big Band charts and get accustomed to playing together again.
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Full fee £199.00 Senior fee £199.00 Concession £121.00

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Course Code: MG606A

Started Sat, day, 18 Sep - 04 Dec '21

Duration: 12 sessions (over 12 weeks)

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What is the course about?

This practical course will give students the opportunity to focus on the role of members of the rhythm section within a Big Band. We will rehearse the repertoire.

What will we cover?

Reading conventional notation, reading chord charts, and improvising within prescribed parameters. Reading rhythmic "marks" to accentuate ensemble playing.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

We will look at how to read a big band part and how to "comp" i e. how to accompany the brass and sax sections in a Big Band. Learn how to follow directions from the conductor.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

The course gives the opportunity to improve reading and sight reading so a minimum standard on your instrument of grade 5 is required. You should be accustomed to playing in the jazz idiom.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

There are no other required purchases. You will need to bring your own guitar, bass guitar, leads, or drum sticks. Music stands, amplification, drum kit and pianos are in the rehearsal room.

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

Big Band rehearsals with full compliment at Keeley Street will resume as soon as the college deems it safe to host ensemble activities.

Simon Henry

Simon played piano, recorder and clarinet at school. While training as an architect, he started teaching himself alto sax and played in rock and punk bands and on demos. With friends, Simon formed studio band Haysi Fantayzee, started an 8-piece band that gigged on the university circuit, and joined Jamie Wednesday, which recorded and regularly gigged around the country. When Jamie Wednesday folded, Simon focused on performing as a saxophonist, especially with the Tony Douglas Big Band, and also studied conducting, harmony and flute. He became director of the Music Works Big Band in Brixton, which evolved into The BAC Big Band, and co-ran a weekly jam session in Great Portland Street that attracted many rising players on the London jazz scene. His house band, Raising Standards, evolved into Volume One, a septet performing original compositions. After a PGCE at Goldsmiths, Simon taught at Battersea Technical College, Ilford County High School and Hackney Free and Parochial School, and became tutor for City Lit Big Bands, which he has directed since 1996. He has also taught woodwind at Morpeth Secondary School, Highbury Fields School, and City & Islington College.

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