BILBO JAZZ ENSEMBLES 2018-19

BILBO 1TUNESTUTORS
OCTOBER 6 HAVE YOU MET MISS JONES?* LITTLE NILES IT'S YOU OR NO ONE NICK WELDON STEVE WATTS
NOVEMBER 3 UP JUMPED SPRING* FOUR ON SIX I'M THROUGH WITH LOVE NICK WELDON DAVE LEWIS
DECEMBER 1 DONNA LEE* KARITA COTTONTAIL NICK WELDON TREVOR TOMKINS
JANUARY 12 HAVE YOU MET MISS JONES?* LITTLE NILES IT'S YOU OR NO ONE NICK WELDON MARK BASSEY
FEBRUARY 9 UP JUMPED SPRING* FOUR ON SIX I'M THROUGH WITH LOVE NICK WELDON DAVE LEWIS
MARCH 9 DONNA LEE* KARITA COTTONTAIL 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
BILBO 2TUNESTUTORS
OCTOBER 14 HAVE YOU MET MISS JONES?* LITTLE NILES IT'S YOU OR NO ONE NICK WELDON STEVE WATTS
NOVEMBER 11 UP JUMPED SPRING* FOUR ON SIX I'M THROUGH WITH LOVE NICK WELDON TREVOR TOMKINS
DECEMBER 9 DONNA LEE* KARITA COTTONTAIL STEVE WATTS ALAN BARNES
JANUARY 20 HAVE YOU MET MISS JONES?* LITTLE NILES IT'S YOU OR NO ONE NICK WELDON DAVE O'HIGGINS
FEBRUARY 17 UP JUMPED SPRING* FOUR ON SIX I'M THROUGH WITH LOVE NICK WELDON ALAN BARNES
MARCH 17 DONNA LEE* KARITA COTTONTAIL NICK WELDON NIKKI ILES
APRIL 14 TUNE REVISION NICK WELDON MARK BASSEY
MAY 19 REHEARSAL + PERFORMANCE NICK WELDON TREVOR TOMKINS
JUNE 2 SEASON FESTIVAL DAY NICK WELDON ANDRA SPARKS
BILBO 3TUNESTUTORS
SEPTEMBER 29 HAVE YOU MET MISS JONES?* LITTLE NILES IT'S YOU OR NO ONE NICK WELDON TREVOR TOMKINS
OCTOBER 27 UP JUMPED SPRING* FOUR ON SIX I'M THROUGH WITH LOVE NICK WELDON PETE CHURCHILL
NOVEMBER 24 DONNA LEE* KARITA COTTONTAIL NICK WELDON DAVE O'HIGGINS
JANUARY 5 HAVE YOU MET MISS JONES?* LITTLE NILES IT'S YOU OR NO ONE NICK WELDON NIKKI ILES
FEBRUARY 2 UP JUMPED SPRING* FOUR ON SIX I'M THROUGH WITH LOVE NICK WELDON NIKKI ILES
MARCH 2 DONNA LEE* KARITA COTTONTAIL 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

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The Bilbo Ensembles will be working through repertoire and the associated specific skills and theory points from Jazz School UK Levels 3. Ensemble members can read more about the different levels 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 Bilbo ensemble and would like to know if you have the right playing level, here are some typical Bilbo skills:

‣ very good instrumental ability
‣ knowing more than 20 tunes (melody and chords) by heart
‣ fluency in rootless lefthand voicings and right hand comping shapes (piano)
‣ thorough knowledge of the fingerboard (guitarists)
‣ able to play in a wide range of feel, key, idiom and tempo
‣ able to tap three against two (either hand) while speaking either time aloud
‣ able to join up chord tones in a continuous flow of quaver time
‣ extending range of feeling within sound
‣ able to hold time and changes without rhythm section
‣ strong awareness of tune forms
‣ starting to think about different paths through forms
‣ awareness of rhythmic shapes within melodies
‣ know thoroughly, ie starting from any note, 41 scales (12 major 12 harmonic minor 12 melodic minor 2 whole tone 3 diminished)
‣ awareness of diminished relations
‣ starting to use melody suspensions and sideslips
‣ happy with all bananas
‣ understanding the different uses of melodic minor dominants (altered and lydian dominant sounds)
‣ comfortable with chord substitutions
‣ regularly transcribing tunes and solos
‣ confident improviser, able to cope with the demands of a small group gig, and 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 for Bilbo, though, is the last on our list above - ie to be more or less at good gigging level - this is, incidentally, the sort of playing level that is mostly required these days for college entry. What is there left to learn, you may ask, if we can already play? Well, as in all fields, there's a huge difference between 'decent professional function' and the high-level creativity of top practitioners. Many, many players reach this Bilboteer stage and never get any further - the reason being that this is as far as we can get by desire and instinct alone. Reaching beyond requires a period of systematic work - focusing attention on any existing blank patches in knowledge and understanding, and examining and overhauling the full range of foundation skills. This is what we set out to do in the Bilbo ensembles.

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


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