GANDALF JAZZ ENSEMBLES 2017-18

GANDALFTUNESTUTORS
OCTOBER 15 OLEO INFANT EYES NICK WELDON STEVE WATTS
NOVEMBER 12 OLEO INFANT EYES MY DELIGHT CLOCKWISE NICK WELDON TREVOR TOMKINS
JANUARY 28 MY DELIGHT CLOCKWISE LAS CUEVAS DE MARIO INVITATION NICK WELDON DAVE O'HIGGINS
FEBRUARY 25 LAS CUEVAS DE MARIO INVITATION I LOVE YOU PORGY CARAVAN NICK WELDON DAVE O'HIGGINS
MARCH 25 I LOVES YOU PORGY CARAVAN I KNOW WHY DONNA LEE NICK WELDON TREVOR TOMKINS
APRIL 22 I KNOW WHY DONNA LEE OLEO INFANT EYES NICK WELDON STEVE WATTS
MAY 27 MY DELIGHT/I LOVES YOU PORGY INVITATION CARAVAN DONNA LEE NICK WELDON STEVE WATTS
JUNE 17 REHEARSAL + PERFORMANCE TBA

 

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The Gandalf Ensemble will be working through repertoire and the associated specific skills and theory points from Jazz School UK Levels 3 and 4. Ensemble members can read more about the different levels in the members area.

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

‣ excellent instrumental ability
‣ knowing more than 30 tunes (melody and chords) by heart
‣ able to play in a wide range of feel, key, idiom and tempo
‣ able to set up new pulse layer within existing time (metric modulation)
‣ able to target and resolve suspensions within continuous flow of quaver time
‣ developing musical personality
‣ able to internalise and decode longer and more complex tune forms
‣ able to maintain and choose when and how to resolve dissonance
‣ awareness and use of less common scales eg harmonic major, hijaz
‣ awareness and use of Axis Theory
‣ use of fragments (rhythmic, melodic) to create layers
‣ able to manage and maximise musical space within group
‣ quick and economic harmonic description
‣ able to improvise in different time signatures
‣ aware of solo shape within group performance
‣ wide choice of improvising approaches
‣ confident improviser, experienced gigster, able to lead a small group performance

Not a complete list, nor entry requirements, as such, just a guide to the sort of experience level of most players in this group.

In summary, this advanced course is aimed at players with a high level of instrumental ability, a solid grounding in the skills covered in the lower Ensembles, extensive improvising and performance experience, and the desire and belief to take their playing to a good professional and creative standard.

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


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