Workshop on Jazz Performance HOT DAYS @ HOT CLUBE Jazz


Workshop on Jazz Performance HOT DAYS @ HOT CLUBE Jazz
Workshop on Jazz Performance
Jazz performance com John Ellis
8 a 12 de Julho das 15h-19h
Preço: 150€ para sócios HCP, 150€+ IVA (23%) para não sócios.
Jazz Performance
“Neste workshop os estudantes vão lidar com uma variedade de tópicos relacionados com
a "performance" do Jazz e a improvisação neste estilo musical. Os tópicos cobertos irão
depender do nível médio dos alunos mas incluirão certamente a questão do
desenvolvimento de um bom Jazz "feel", o desenvolvimento de um solo e a interacção
entre a secção rítmica e o solista.”
“Listening – We will discuss what to listen for in jazz, and we’ll address how to become a
more active listener. We’ll discuss music as language, and we’ll listen to and talk about
my favorite (most influential) records.
How to learn a tune – I’m continually mystified by how many of my students don’t know
any songs and can’t play songs convincingly by themselves. We’ll go through the steps I
take when learning a new standard, and I’ll explain and demonstrate why learning by ear is
so important.
Rhythm – It is my belief that rhythm is the most important and most often neglected
element of music. We’ll work on playing form and time with the afro-cuban triplet as the
reference, isolating each triplet and keeping track of the form. This entails clapping,
stomping, and singing, and we’ll attempt to get everyone out of their heads and into their
bodies. This is something I work on with all my students, and there are many directions we
can go in depending on the level. We’ll talk about pulse options, feel, and swing. We can
also have an odd time-signature discussion depending on level and interest. Tunes to look
at are “Back Home Again In Indiana”, “There Will Never Be Another You”, “Cherokee”, and
“All The Things You Are”
How to create technical exercises for yourself that deal with the language and vocabulary
of jazz. Most of the technical exercises we play (major and minor scales, etc) better
prepare you to play Mozart than to play Charlie Parker. We’ll talk about how to practice
technique in a way that prepares you to play the rhythms and melodies of the jazz
Tools vs. Mystery: most of what I’ll try to help with (including all the aforementioned
categories) will be in the realm of Tools: helping the student develop the tools needed to
become a better jazz musician. The Mystery part can’t easily be taught in a weeklong
workshop, but, depending on level, we will discuss how to begin to write tunes and to
explore sounds in a personal way.
Playing every day. Hopefully we can find the time each day to play together and to talk
about what comes up through that process. The way to grow in jazz is to constantly play
the music with your peers, and to keep practicing alone the things that you can’t do well.”