MORDOR JAZZ ENSEMBLES 2019-20

MORDOR 1 & 3 TUNES TUTORS
SEPTEMBER 28 IT COULD HAPPEN TO YOU* MIDNIGHT VOYAGE OW! NICK WELDON DUDLEY PHILLIPS
OCTOBER 26 STRAIGHT NO CHASER* RED CLAY I KNOW, DON'T KNOW HOW NICK WELDON DAVE LEWIS
NOVEMBER 23 BIRKS WORKS* IMPRESSIONS GEE BABY, AIN'T I GOOD TO YOU? NICK WELDON DOMINIC ASHWORTH
JANUARY 11 IT COULD HAPPEN TO YOU* MIDNIGHT VOYAGE OW! NICK WELDON NIKKI ILES
FEBRUARY 8 STRAIGHT NO CHASER* RED CLAY I KNOW, DON'T KNOW HOW NICK WELDON STEVE WATERMAN
MARCH 7 BIRKS WORKS* IMPRESSIONS GEE BABY, AIN'T I GOOD TO YOU? NICK WELDON STEVE WATTS
APRIL 4 TUNE REVISION NICK WELDON STEVE WATTS
MAY 16 REHEARSAL + PERFORMANCE NICK WELDON DAVE LEWIS
JUNE 14 SEASON FESTIVAL DAY NICK WELDON ANDRA SPARKS
MORDOR 2 TUNES TUTORS
OCTOBER 13 IT COULD HAPPEN TO YOU* MIDNIGHT VOYAGE OW! NICK WELDON ALAN BARNES
NOVEMBER 10 STRAIGHT NO CHASER* RED CLAY I KNOW, DON'T KNOW HOW NICK WELDON PETE CHURCHILL
DECEMBER 8 BIRKS WORKS* IMPRESSIONS GEE BABY, AIN'T I GOOD TO YOU? NICK WELDON ALAN BARNES
JANUARY 26 IT COULD HAPPEN TO YOU* MIDNIGHT VOYAGE OW! NICK WELDON DAVE LEWIS
FEBRUARY 23 STRAIGHT NO CHASER* RED CLAY I KNOW, DON'T KNOW HOW NICK WELDON DAVE LEWIS
MARCH 22 BIRKS WORKS* IMPRESSIONS GEE BABY, AIN'T I GOOD TO YOU? NICK WELDON DAVE O'HIGGINS
MAY 3 TUNE REVISION NICK WELDON STEVE WATERMAN
MAY 31 REHEARSAL + PERFORMANCE NICK WELDON DAVE O'HIGGINS
JUNE 14 SEASON FESTIVAL DAY NICK WELDON ANDRA SPARKS
MORDOR 4 TUNES TUTORS
OCTOBER 5 IT COULD HAPPEN TO YOU* MIDNIGHT VOYAGE OW! NICK WELDON DOMINIC ASHWORTH
NOVEMBER 2 STRAIGHT NO CHASER* RED CLAY I KNOW, DON'T KNOW HOW NICK WELDON STEVE WATTS
NOVEMBER 30 BIRKS WORKS* IMPRESSIONS GEE BABY, AIN'T I GOOD TO YOU? NICK WELDON DAVE LEWIS
JANUARY 18 IT COULD HAPPEN TO YOU* MIDNIGHT VOYAGE OW! NICK WELDON NIKKI ILES
FEBRUARY 15 STRAIGHT NO CHASER* RED CLAY I KNOW, DON'T KNOW HOW NICK WELDON STEVE WATTS
MARCH 14 BIRKS WORKS* IMPRESSIONS GEE BABY, AIN'T I GOOD TO YOU? NICK WELDON DAVE LEWIS
APRIL 18 TUNE REVISION NICK WELDON ALAN BARNES
MAY 23 REHEARSAL + PERFORMANCE NICK WELDON STEVE WATTS
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. The Jazz Ensembles run on Saturdays and 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

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 (those marked in bold 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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