Jazz ensemble playing
Time: 10:45 - 13:15
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
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Course Code: MG608
Duration: 7 sessions (over 27 weeks)
What is the course about?
Develop your listening skills from Jazz harmony and ear training 2 to include more unusual forms, extended and altered harmony. Expand your knowledge of jazz repertoire. This practical class features playing tunes and improvising over the study tunes. New knowledge and concepts will be applied directly to your instrument. You will be required to record yourself playing some assignments. Course dates: 2 Oct, 30 Oct, 27 Nov 2022, 8 Jan, 5 Feb, 5 March, 2 April 2023.
This is a live online course. You will need:
- Internet connection. The classes work best with Chrome.
- A computer with microphone and camera is best (e.g. a PC/laptop/iMac/MacBook), or a tablet/iPad/smart phone/iPhone if you don't have a computer.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.
What will we cover?
- Understanding more unusual compositional forms
- Extending rhythmic and melodic awareness
- Study more advanced bass line movements (e.g. tritone substitution) and extended/altered voice-leading
- Further scale options including melodic minor
- Practice improvising on the study tunes
- jazz standards, bebop blues, modal pieces, rhythm changes, Bossa nova, and contemporary rep
- 'woodshedding' tasks
- study of transcribed solos.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Enjoy a greater knowledge of compositional forms and jazz repertoire
- Advance your improvising and ability to work well in an ensemble
- Be confident about playing in public.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
You should have completed Jazz harmony and ear training 2 or have equivalent experience. You should be able to improvise in jazz styles already and show a good understanding of the jazz idiom.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
You will be taught through group listening, discussion and singing of relevant musical lines and parts, class exercises (dictation and chord recognition) to explore and learn the tunes. We will make and use backing tracks and play to each other in these live interactive sessions.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
All course materials supplied, posted in google classroom.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
You may wish to continue to develop your skills through Jazz harmony, ear training and ensembles: advanced, join a Big Band, or take part in future editions of Jazz woodshedding and Jazz repertoire courses.
Angèle Veltmeijer is a multi-instrumentalist who plays flute, clarinet, saxophone and keyboards. She enjoys playing a wide variety of musics, from folk to jazz and circus to West African highlife. She has performed and toured in Europe and Africa, playing in venues ranging from the Royal Albert Hall to many local venues. She has played live and recorded with Ivy Benson, Orchestra Jazira, Brian Kennedy, Annie Whitehead, Jimmy Somerville, Carol Grimes, Bessa, Alfred Karri Bannerman, Bob Graham, and Big Bands including lead alto in Morley College jazz orchestra, Studio 9 Orchestra, Sussex Jazz Orchestra, Brighton Big Band. Her own ensembles include Angèle Veltmeijer Quartet and Angel’s Horns. Angèle composes and arranges, and her music has been played and recorded by several of the line-ups she has been associated with. Angèle learned to play the saxophone at City Lit with Kathy Stobart whose firm yet compassionate teaching has remained an inspiration. Angèle enjoys passing on the thrill of making music. At City Lit she has taught saxophone, flute, jazz and pop piano, musicianship, jazz improvisation and transcription.
Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.