Jazz repertoire

Course Dates: 16/07/22 - 30/07/22
Time: 14:00 - 17:00
Location: Keeley Street
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, so please check vacancies with the music department.
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Full fee £89.00 Senior fee £89.00 Concession £61.00

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Course Code: MG607

Sat, day, 16 Jul - 30 Jul '22

Duration: 3 sessions (over 3 weeks)

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

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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; the advanced jazz course MG603, Big Band, your own gigs and visits to jam sessions.

Angele Veltmeijer

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.