BILBO JAZZ ENSEMBLES 2017-18

BILBO 1TUNESTUTORS
OCTOBER 7 INVITATION AFTERNOON IN PARIS NICK WELDON NIKKI ILES
NOVEMBER 4 INVITATION AFTERNOON IN PARIS DOLPHIN DANCE WINDOWS NICK WELDON TREVOR TOMKINS
DECEMBER 2 DOLPHIN DANCE WINDOWS NICA'S DREAM OUR LOVE IS HERE TO STAY NICK WELDON NIKKI ILES
JANUARY 20 NICA'S DREAM OUR LOVE IS HERE TO STAY CEDAR'S BLUES BONEOLOGY NICK WELDON NIKKI ILES
FEBRUARY 17 CEDAR'S BLUES BONEOLOGY COMING ON THE HUDSON ARMANDO'S RHUMBA NICK WELDON DAVE LEWIS
MARCH 17 COMING ON THE HUDSON ARMANDO'S RHUMBA + TUNE REVISION NICK WELDON TREVOR TOMKINS
APRIL 14 TUNE REVISION NICK WELDON NIKKI ILES
MAY 19 REHEARSAL + PERFORMANCE NICK WELDON DAVE O'HIGGINS
BILBO 2TUNESTUTORS
OCTOBER 15 INVITATION AFTERNOON IN PARIS NICK WELDON STEVE WATTS
NOVEMBER 12 INVITATION AFTERNOON IN PARIS DOLPHIN DANCE WINDOWS NICK WELDON TREVOR TOMKINS
JANUARY 28 DOLPHIN DANCE WINDOWS NICA'S DREAM OUR LOVE IS HERE TO STAY NICK WELDON DAVE O'HIGGINS
FEBRUARY 25 NICA'S DREAM OUR LOVE IS HERE TO STAY CEDAR'S BLUES BONEOLOGY NICK WELDON DAVE O'HIGGINS
MARCH 25 CEDAR'S BLUES BONEOLOGY COMING ON THE HUDSON NICK WELDON TREVOR TOMKINS
APRIL 22 COMING ON THE HUDSON ARMANDO'S RHUMBA + TUNE REVISION NICK WELDON STEVE WATTS
MAY 27 TUNE REVISION NICK WELDON STEVE WATTS
JUNE 17 REHEARSAL + PERFORMANCE TBA

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The Bilbo Ensembles will be working through repertoire and the associated specific skills and theory points from Jazz School UK Levels 3. Ensemble members can read more about the different levels in the members area.

If you are interested in joining a Bilbo ensemble and would like to know if you have the right playing level, here are some typical Bilbo skills:

‣ very good instrumental ability
‣ knowing more than 20 tunes (melody and chords) by heart
‣ fluency in rootless lefthand voicings and right hand comping shapes (piano)
‣ thorough knowledge of the fingerboard (guitarists)
‣ able to play in a wide range of feel, key, idiom and tempo
‣ able to tap three against two (either hand) while speaking either time aloud
‣ able to join up chord tones in a continuous flow of quaver time
‣ extending range of feeling within sound
‣ able to hold time and changes without rhythm section
‣ strong awareness of tune forms
‣ starting to think about different paths through forms
‣ awareness of rhythmic shapes within melodies
‣ know thoroughly, ie starting from any note, 41 scales (12 major 12 harmonic minor 12 melodic minor 2 whole tone 3 diminished)
‣ awareness of diminished relations
‣ starting to use melody suspensions and sideslips
‣ happy with all bananas
‣ understanding the different uses of melodic minor dominants (altered and lydian dominant sounds)
‣ comfortable with chord substitutions
‣ regularly transcribing tunes and solos
‣ confident improviser, able to cope with the demands of a small group gig, and to solo for several choruses over a number of tunes known by heart

Not a complete list, nor entry requirements, as such, just a guide to the sort of experience level of most players in these groups. We're all quite patchy in our skills and knowledge!

The main requirement for Bilbo, though, is the last on our list above - ie to be more or less at good gigging level - this is, incidentally, the sort of playing level that is mostly required these days for college entry. What is there left to learn, you may ask, if we can already play? Well, as in all fields, there's a huge difference between 'decent professional function' and the high-level creativity of top practitioners. Many, many players reach this Bilboteer stage and never get any further - the reason being that this is as far as we can get by desire and instinct alone. Reaching beyond requires a period of systematic work - focusing attention on any existing blank patches in knowledge and understanding, and examining and overhauling the full range of foundation skills. This is what we set out to do in the Bilbo ensembles.

Are you interested in joining this or another Jazz School UK Ensemble? If so, don't delay...


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