MORDOR JAZZ ENSEMBLES 2017-18

MORDOR 1TUNESTUTORS
OCTOBER 7 HI-FLY HALF NELSON NICK WELDON NIKKI ILES
NOVEMBER 4 HI-FLY HALF NELSON EASY LIVING HOW DEEP IS THE OCEAN? NICK WELDON TREVOR TOMKINS
DECEMBER 2 EASY LIVING HOW DEEP IS THE OCEAN? WELL YOU NEEDN'T SONORA NICK WELDON NIKKI ILES
JANUARY 20 WELL YOU NEEDN'T SONORA CORAL KEYS YARDBIRD SUITE NICK WELDON NIKKI ILES
FEBRUARY 17 CORAL KEYS YARDBIRD SUITE I'LL BE SEEING YOU I TOLD EVERY LITTLE STAR NICK WELDON DAVE LEWIS
MARCH 17 I'LL BE SEEING YOU I TOLD EVERY LITTLE STAR +TUNE REVISION NICK WELDON TREVOR TOMKINS
APRIL 14 TUNE REVISION NICK WELDON NIKKI ILES
MAY 19 REHEARSAL + PERFORMANCE NICK WELDON DAVE O'HIGGINS
MORDOR 2TUNESTUTORS
OCTOBER 1 HI-FLY HALF NELSON NICK WELDON PETE CHURCHILL
OCTOBER 29 HI-FLY HALF NELSON EASY LIVING HOW DEEP IS THE OCEAN? NICK WELDON DUDLEY PHILLIPS
NOVEMBER 26 EASY LIVING HOW DEEP IS THE OCEAN? WELL YOU NEEDN'T SONORA NICK WELDON PETE CHURCHILL
JANUARY 14 WELL YOU NEEDN'T SONORA CORAL KEYS YARDBIRD SUITE NICK WELDON STEVE WATTS
FEBRUARY 11 CORAL KEYS YARDBIRD SUITE I'LL BE SEEING YOU I TOLD EVERY LITTLE STAR NICK WELDON TREVOR TOMKINS
MARCH 11 I'LL BE SEEING YOU I TOLD EVERY LITTLE STAR +TUNE REVISION NICK WELDON PETE CHURCHILL
APRIL 8 TUNE REVISION NICK WELDON TREVOR TOMKINS
MAY 13 REHEARSAL + PERFORMANCE NICK WELDON PETE CHURCHILL
MORDOR 3TUNESTUTORS
SEPTEMBER 30 HI-FLY HALF NELSON NICK WELDON DAVE LEWIS
OCTOBER 28 HI-FLY HALF NELSON EASY LIVING HOW DEEP IS THE OCEAN? NICK WELDON DAVE LEWIS
NOVEMBER 25 EASY LIVING HOW DEEP IS THE OCEAN? WELL YOU NEEDN'T SONORA NICK WELDON DUDLEY PHILLIPS
JANUARY 13 WELL YOU NEEDN'T SONORA CORAL KEYS YARDBIRD SUITE NICK WELDON STEVE WATTS
FEBRUARY 10 CORAL KEYS YARDBIRD SUITE I'LL BE SEEING YOU I TOLD EVERY LITTLE STAR NICK WELDON TREVOR TOMKINS
MARCH 10 I'LL BE SEEING YOU I TOLD EVERY LITTLE STAR +TUNE REVISION NICK WELDON NIKKI ILES
APRIL7 TUNE REVISION NICK WELDON STEVE WATTS
MAY 12 REHEARSAL + PERFORMANCE NICK WELDON DAVE LEWIS

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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.

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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