JAZZ SINGERS & ACCOMPANISTS ENSEMBLE 2017-18

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OCTOBER 1 I'LL REMEMBER APRIL IF YOU COULD SEE ME NOW NICK WELDON PETE CHURCHILL ANDRA SPARKS
OCTOBER 29 I'LL REMEMBER APRIL IF YOU COULD SEE ME NOW SCRAPPLE FROM THE APPLE /HONEYSUCKLE ROSE IF YOU NEVER COME TO ME NICK WELDON DUDLEY PHILLIPS ANDRA SPARKS
NOVEMBER 26 SCRAPPLE FROM THE APPLE /HONEYSUCKLE ROSE IF YOU NEVER COME TO ME GOOD BAIT PRELUDE TO A KISS NICK WELDON PETE CHURCHILL ANDRA SPARKS
JANUARY 14 GOOD BAIT PRELUDE TO A KISS WHISPERIING/GROOVIN'HIGH THIS MASQUERADE NICK WELDON STEVE WATTS ANDRA SPARKS
FEBRUARY 11 WHISPERIING/GROOVIN'HIGH THIS MASQUERADE DOWN FOR DOUBLE YOU MUST BELIEVE IN SPRING NICK WELDON TREVOR TOMKINS ANDRA SPARKS
MARCH 11 DOWN FOR DOUBLE YOU MUST BELIEVE IN SPRING I'LL REMEMBER APRIL IF YOU COULD SEE ME NOW NICK WELDON PETE CHURCHILL ANDRA SPARKS
APRIL 8 THIS MASQUERADE IF YOU COULD SEE ME NOW IF YOU NEVER COME TO ME YOU MUST BELIEVE IN SPRING NICK WELDON TREVOR TOMKINS ANDRA SPARKS
MAY 13 REHEARSAL + PERFORMANCE NICK WELDON PETE CHURCHILL ANDRA SPARKS

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We love jazz song, and recognise the hugely important place in the history and development of jazz of singers, from the first itinerant singing blues guitarists through Classic Blues Singers Ma Rainey and Bessie Smith and the beautiful phrasing of Louis Armstrong, to the bittersweet interpretations of Billie Holiday, the jive bop virtuosity of the scat singers of the forties and fifties, the political soul of Abbey Lincoln, the post-bop aesthetic of Mark Murphy and the exquisite time and feeling of Shirley Horn. All of these artists have with their fellow singers profoundly affected the playing of the instrumentalists around them and so have changed forever the course of the music.

For the singers - topics covered will include:

  • jazz repertoire
  • jazz styles
  • vocal technique
  • rhythmic concepts
  • jazz harmony
  • song interpretation
  • improvising skills
  • microphone technique
  • finding the vocal range
  • listening skills
  • counting in
  • intros and outros
  • and much more!
  • For the accompanists - playing with and for singers is a very special art - learning how to do it well will not only bring in the gigs but also immeasurably improve your all-round musicality and improvisation and ensemble skills.

    Hence this course, in which we call for jazz singers and singer-loving instrumentalists, frontline and rhythm section, to come and learn how to work together under the tutelage of a top professional team. Over the course of the season, singer and pianist Pete Churchill, bassists Dudley Phillips and Steve Watts, and drummer Trevor Tomkins will be joining our resident jazz singing teacher Andra Sparks in working with our singers and accompanists.

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


    register here →