MORDOR JAZZ ENSEMBLES 2018-19

MORDOR 1TUNESTUTORS
SEPTEMBER 29 ON GREEN DOLPHIN STREET* ONCE I LOVED ANTHROPOLOGY NICK WELDON TREVOR TOMKINS
OCTOBER 27 BILLIE'S BOUNCE* DON'T BLAME ME THE NIGHT HAS A THOUSAND EYES NICK WELDON PETE CHURCHILL
NOVEMBER 24 IN WALKED BUD SOMEDAY MY PRINCE WILL COME* GOOD QUEEN BESS NICK WELDON DAVE O'HIGGINS
JANUARY 5 ON GREEN DOLPHIN STREET* ONCE I LOVED ANTHROPOLOGY NICK WELDON NIKKI ILES
FEBRUARY 2 BILLIE'S BOUNCE* DON'T BLAME ME THE NIGHT HAS A THOUSAND EYES NICK WELDON NIKKI ILES
MARCH 2 IN WALKED BUD SOMEDAY MY PRINCE WILL COME* GOOD QUEEN BESS NICK WELDON TREVOR TOMKINS
MARCH 30 TUNE REVISION NICK WELDON NIKKI ILES
MAY 4 REHEARSAL + PERFORMANCE NICK WELDON DOMINIC ASHWORTH
JUNE 2 SEASON FESTIVAL DAY NICK WELDON ANDRA SPARKS
MORDOR 2TUNESTUTORS
OCTOBER 13 ON GREEN DOLPHIN STREET* ONCE I LOVED ANTHROPOLOGY NICK WELDON DAVE LEWIS
NOVEMBER 10 BILLIE'S BOUNCE* DON'T BLAME ME THE NIGHT HAS A THOUSAND EYES NICK WELDON STEVE WATTS
DECEMBER 8 IN WALKED BUD SOMEDAY MY PRINCE WILL COME* GOOD QUEEN BESS NICK WELDON NIKKI ILES
JANUARY 19 ON GREEN DOLPHIN STREET* ONCE I LOVED ANTHROPOLOGY NICK WELDON NIKKI ILES
FEBRUARY 16 BILLIE'S BOUNCE* DON'T BLAME ME THE NIGHT HAS A THOUSAND EYES NICK WELDON DAVE O'HIGGINS
MARCH 16 IN WALKED BUD SOMEDAY MY PRINCE WILL COME* GOOD QUEEN BESS NICK WELDON DAVE LEWIS
APRIL 13 TUNE REVISION NICK WELDON MARK BASSEY
MAY 18 REHEARSAL + PERFORMANCE NICK WELDON TREVOR TOMKINS
JUNE 2 SEASON FESTIVAL DAY NICK WELDON ANDRA SPARKS
MORDOR 3TUNESTUTORS
OCTOBER 6 ON GREEN DOLPHIN STREET* ONCE I LOVED ANTHROPOLOGY NICK WELDON STEVE WATTS
NOVEMBER 3 BILLIE'S BOUNCE* DON'T BLAME ME THE NIGHT HAS A THOUSAND EYES NICK WELDON DAVE LEWIS
DECEMBER 1 IN WALKED BUD SOMEDAY MY PRINCE WILL COME* GOOD QUEEN BESS NICK WELDON TREVOR TOMKINS
JANUARY 12 ON GREEN DOLPHIN STREET* ONCE I LOVED ANTHROPOLOGY NICK WELDON MARK BASSEY
FEBRUARY 9 BILLIE'S BOUNCE* DON'T BLAME ME THE NIGHT HAS A THOUSAND EYES NICK WELDON DAVE LEWIS
MARCH 9 IN WALKED BUD SOMEDAY MY PRINCE WILL COME* GOOD QUEEN BESS NICK WELDON DOMINIC ASHWORTH
APRIL 6 TUNE REVISION NICK WELDON ALAN BARNES
MAY 11 REHEARSAL + PERFORMANCE NICK WELDON DAVE O'HIGGINS
JUNE 2 SEASON FESTIVAL DAY NICK WELDON ANDRA SPARKS
MORDOR 4 TUNESTUTORS
OCTOBER 7 ON GREEN DOLPHIN STREET* ONCE I LOVED ANTHROPOLOGY NICK WELDON PETE CHURCHILL
NOVEMBER 4 BILLIE'S BOUNCE* DON'T BLAME ME THE NIGHT HAS A THOUSAND EYES NICK WELDON PETE CHURCHILL
DECEMBER 2 IN WALKED BUD SOMEDAY MY PRINCE WILL COME* GOOD QUEEN BESS NICK WELDON PETE CHURCHILL
JANUARY 13 ON GREEN DOLPHIN STREET* ONCE I LOVED ANTHROPOLOGY NICK WELDON MARK BASSEY
FEBRUARY 10 BILLIE'S BOUNCE* DON'T BLAME ME THE NIGHT HAS A THOUSAND EYES NICK WELDON PETE CHURCHILL
MARCH 10 IN WALKED BUD SOMEDAY MY PRINCE WILL COME* GOOD QUEEN BESS NICK WELDON STEVE WATTS
APRIL 7 TUNE REVISION NICK WELDON DAVE LEWIS
MAY 12 REHEARSAL + PERFORMANCE NICK WELDON TREVOR TOMKINS
JUNE 2 SEASON FESTIVAL DAY NICK WELDON ANDRA SPARKS

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The Mordor Ensembles will be working through repertoire and the associated specific skills and theory points from Jazz School UK Levels 2 and 3. Ensemble members can read more about these in the members area.

While we will be aiming to internalise as much of possible of the season repertoire (this makes improvising so much easier!) we also have a season learning target - 3 core standards (marked above with an asterix) by heart!

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

‣ very good instrumental ability
‣ knowing more than 10 tunes (melody and chords) by heart
‣ fluency in rootless lefthand voicings (piano)
‣ knowledge of smaller chords in different positions (guitarists)
‣ able to play in a good range of feel, key and tempo
‣ able to tap a rhythm in one hand against a pulse in the other
‣ able to communicate time feel reliably to the rest of the band
‣ starting to be able to describe underlying harmony just in a solo line
‣ awareness of the connection of sound and feeling
‣ starting to 'tune in' to band conversations (especially with the drummer!)
‣ starting to recognise forms, and the patterns that make them, more quickly
‣ starting to extract tune language (rhythmic and melodic) and feed into improvisation
‣ knowing scales thoroughly, ie starting from any note
‣ starting to be comfortable with enclosures
‣ understanding the application of the harmonic minor scale, and its relation to diminished chords (especialliy in turnarounds)
‣ starting to think about melodic minor dominants
‣ awareness of the Back Door
‣ starting to transcribe tunes and solos
‣ gaining confidence as an improviser, able 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, though, as this is very much an entry point into the higher levels of playing, is that players should be starting to feel relaxed about the basics - instrumental technique, repertoire, harmonic description, practical application of theory, rhythmic security, form recognition and aural skills.

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


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