GANDALF JAZZ ENSEMBLES 2018-19

GANDALFTUNESTUTORS
OCTOBER 14 EVERYBODY'S SONG BUT MY OWN* ERONEL THE CHASE NICK WELDON STEVE WATTS
NOVEMBER 11 VOYAGE* THE PEACOCKS A WHEEL WITHIN A WHEEL NICK WELDON TREVOR TOMKINS
DECEMBER 9 WHEN WILL THE BLUES LEAVE? AMBLESIDE DAYS DARN THAT DREAM* STEVE WATTS ALAN BARNES
JANUARY 20 EVERYBODY'S SONG BUT MY OWN* ERONEL THE CHASE NICK WELDON DAVE O'HIGGINS
FEBRUARY 17 VOYAGE* THE PEACOCKS A WHEEL WITHIN A WHEEL NICK WELDON ALAN BARNES
MARCH 17 WHEN WILL THE BLUES LEAVE? AMBLESIDE DAYS DARN THAT DREAM* 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

 

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The Gandalf Ensemble will be working through repertoire and the associated specific skills and theory points from Jazz School UK Levels 3 and 4. Ensemble members can read more about the different levels in the members area.

If you are interested in joining a Gandalf ensemble and would like to know if you have the right playing level, here are some typical Gandalf skills:

‣ excellent instrumental ability
‣ knowing more than 30 tunes (melody and chords) by heart
‣ able to play in a wide range of feel, key, idiom and tempo
‣ able to set up new pulse layer within existing time (metric modulation)
‣ able to target and resolve suspensions within continuous flow of quaver time
‣ developing musical personality
‣ able to internalise and decode longer and more complex tune forms
‣ able to maintain and choose when and how to resolve dissonance
‣ awareness and use of less common scales eg harmonic major, hijaz
‣ awareness and use of Axis Theory
‣ use of fragments (rhythmic, melodic) to create layers
‣ able to manage and maximise musical space within group
‣ quick and economic harmonic description
‣ able to improvise in different time signatures
‣ aware of solo shape within group performance
‣ wide choice of improvising approaches
‣ confident improviser, experienced gigster, able to lead a small group performance

Not a complete list, nor entry requirements, as such, just a guide to the sort of experience level of most players in this group.

In summary, this advanced course is aimed at players with a high level of instrumental ability, a solid grounding in the skills covered in the lower Ensembles, extensive improvising and performance experience, and the desire and belief to take their playing to a good professional and creative standard.

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!

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


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