Jazz repertoire

Course Dates: 16/07/19 - 30/07/19
Time: 18:30 - 21:00
Location: KS - Keeley Street
Della Rhodes

Enjoy playing and improvising on familiar and new jazz repertoire in a mixed ensemble. For players with substantial experience of jazz playing, ear training techniques and harmony study. Tunes will be announced in advance of the course. Rhythm section places are limited. Piano places are filled.


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 1 or 2 jazz standards. You will rehearse the "head", establish the rhythm section, and practise improvising. We aim to record the results towards the end of each session.

What will we cover?

- apply your existing harmonic knowledge to the set 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, instrumental warm up & tune up. The tutor will set practical exercises to explore rhythmic and harmonic matters and approaches to improvisation. Most of the time will be spent playing a tune 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, drum kit and pianos supplied.

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

Find the next repertoire course; own gigs and visits to jam sessions; form a band.

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Course Code: ME1050

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Started Tue, eve, 16 Jul - 30 Jul '19

Duration: 3 sessions (over 3 weeks)

Full fee: £69.00
Senior fee: £69.00
Concession: £69.00

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