JAZZ SINGERS & ACCOMPANISTS ENSEMBLE 2019-20

JSAA TUNESTUTORS
SEPTEMBER 29 INVITATION DOODLIN' WITCHCRAFT NICK WELDON MICK FOSTER ANDRA SPARKS
OCTOBER 27 AGUA DE BEBER COME FLY WITH ME IF YOU COULD SEE ME NOW NICK WELDON DAVE LEWIS ANDRA SPARKS
NOVEMBER 24 ARMANDO'S RUMBA DAY DREAM LITTLE NILES NICK WELDON DAVE O'HIGGINS ANDRA SPARKS
JANUARY 12 INVITATION DOODLIN' WITCHCRAFT NICK WELDON NIKKI ILES ANDRA SPARKS
FEBRUARY 9 AGUA DE BEBER COME FLY WITH ME IF YOU COULD SEE ME NOW NICK WELDON PETE CHURCHILL ANDRA SPARKS
MARCH 8 ARMANDO'S RUMBA DAY DREAM LITTLE NILES NICK WELDON PETE CHURCHILL ANDRA SPARKS
APRIL 5 TUNE REVISION NICK WELDON PETE CHURCHILL ANDRA SPARKS
MAY 17 REHEARSAL + PERFORMANCE NICK WELDON DAVE LEWIS ANDRA SPARKS
JUNE 14 SEASON FESTIVAL DAY NICK WELDON ANDRA SPARKS

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Check out some great versions of the season repertoire below...

GENERAL INFORMATION

The venue is the Shoefactory at Rushden, a beautiful Victorian building (with a grand piano in all three playing spaces), which is also the home of Jazz School UK founders Nick Weldon and Andra Sparks. More details, maps and links can be found on our About Us page. JSAA Ensemble runs on Sundays 10.30am-4.30pm.

prices

The Season Fee for the Ensemble Programme is £560. Payment in advance or in instalments.

Fees includes annual membership bringing 20% discount on fees for workshops, 121 lessons and additional ensembles. Pricing is calculated on the basis of the fixed costs of running each ensemble, so no refunds are possible for missed sessions. However, an alternative ensemble or Theory Shed day may be offered where a suitable place is available.

ENSEMBLE INFORMATION

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 ensemble, 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.

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


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