Jazz repertoire

Course Dates: 20/02/19 - 21/02/19
Time: 18:40 - 21:40
Location: KS - Keeley Street
Tutor: Angele Veltmeijer

Enjoy the challenge of playing familiar and new jazz repertoire in a mixed ensemble. For players with substantial experience of jazz ear training techniques and harmony study. Tunes will be announced two weeks ahead of the course. Piano places taken.


What is the course about?

Experienced players can keep up practice in a mixed ensemble playing tunes you are familiar with. Each session will focus on two jazz standards. You will rehearse the "head", establish the rhythm section, and practise improvising. We aim to record the results in the last segment of the session.

What will we cover?

- tunes will be announced to enrolled players approximately two weeks before the start of the course.
- apply your existing harmonic knowledge to the day's repertoire
- develop your soloing in terms of good structure, phrasing, playing in the groove and rhythmic independence
- the dynamics of working in a small ensemble.

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

- have played the tunes to the best of your ability
- have internalised aspects of the music
- improvise with confidence
- transfer knowledge, skills and understanding to other repertoire
- have made new musical alliances.

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

Players must be able and educated jazz people, ideally graduates of jazz harmony courses, with a working knowledge of how to rehearse in an ensemble with limited time available. You will be expected to be a competent reader.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

Short plenary to begin the day and an instrumental warm up & tune up. The tutor may set practical exercises to explore rhythmic and harmonic matters and approaches to improvisation. Most of the time will be spent playing as an ensemble.

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

All materials supplied. Please bring your instrument, and all accessories. Amplification supplied.

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

Join the next Jazz repertoire course, use your skills to play your own gigs, join in jam sessions,or form a band.

General information and advice on courses at City Lit is available from the Student Centre and Library on Monday to Friday from 12:00 – 19:00.
See the course guide for term dates and further details


Check your level

Course Code: MG600

Please choose a course date 

Wed+Thu, eve, 20 Feb - 21 Feb '19

Duration: 2 sessions

Full fee: £59.00
Senior fee: £59.00
Concession: £59.00

Before booking on this course, please contact us for a chat with our team to check that this course is the right level for you.
Email us to enrol: music@citylit.ac.uk
Why do I need an advice session

Any questions? music@citylit.ac.uk
or call 020 7492 2630

Please note: we offer a wide variety of financial support to make courses affordable. For more information visit our online Help Center. You can also visit the Information, Advice and Guidance drop-in service, open from 12 – 6.45, Monday to Friday.