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There are four ensembles. Each ensemble meets once a week (Tuesday or Wednesday, 7 or 8.30pm).
During the session the tutor introduces material which is explained, discussed and rehearsed in a jazz band context. Charts will be provided prior to or on the day.
Students are selected and grouped according to their skill and experience as much as possible. The program and method will be fine tuned to suit the general level of the group, although
“The Jazz Standard” (4 groups)
This ensemble deals with the basics skills needed to play in a jazz band. A set of standards from the Jazz repertoire will be studied and practiced in a typical jazz group setting. The focus is on the music produced from early 50s to mid 60s, a golden age for small jazz combos. As played by Miles Davis, Duke Ellington, Sonny Rollins, “Cannonball” Adderley, Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers, Oscar Peterson, Chet Baker, Joe Henderson, Herbie Hancock etc.
Some of the aspects covered include:
- Understanding a jazz music chart
- Comping and soloing basics,
- Time and rhythm,
- The role of each instrument in a jazz band,
- Introduction to jazz harmony,
- Main chord progressions,
- How to practice and learn jazz standards.
- Working with dynamics
- Interplay and musical interaction
- Basic arrangement
These ensemble are directed by Cote Calmet , Marco Santaroni and Cian Boylan.
The tutors will alternate leading the group classes, in order to offer different insights in such a vast and diverse music genre.
Open to all instruments, there are limited spaces for bass, drums and piano (1 each) and guitar (2).