GANDALF JAZZ ENSEMBLES 2016-17

GANDALFTUNESTUTORS
OCTOBER 16 JOSHUA NAIMA NICK WELDON NIKKI ILES
NOVEMBER 13 JOSHUA NAIMA DESAFINADO TURNAROUND NICK WELDON DAVE O'HIGGINS
DECEMBER 11 DESAFINADO TURNAROUND SLY EYES SET 'EM UP NICK WELDON NIKKI ILES
JANUARY 22 SLY EYES SET 'EM UP MINORITY THE DAY YOU SAID GOODBYE NICK WELDON TREVOR TOMKINS
FEBRUARY 19 MINORITY THE DAY YOU SAID GOODBYE MUEZZIN' I'M ALL SMILES NICK WELDON JEAN TOUSSAINT
MARCH 19 MUEZZIN' I'M ALL SMILES DESAFINADO TURNAROUND NICK WELDON NIKKI ILES
APRIL 23 SLY EYES MINORITY MUEZZIN' NICK WELDON NIKKI ILES
MAY 28 ALL REVISION TUNES + PERFORMANCE NICK WELDON DUDLEY PHILLIPS

 

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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 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 targer 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.

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


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