JAZZ SINGERS & ACCOMPANISTS ENSEMBLE 2016-17

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OCTOBER 2 MY ROMANCE ROUND MIDNIGHT NICK WELDON PETE CHURCHILL ANDRA SPARKS
OCTOBER 30 MY ROMANCE ROUND MIDNIGHT EVERYBODY'S SONG BUT MY OWN MY SHIP NICK WELDON DUDLEY PHILLIPS ANDRA SPARKS
NOVEMBER 27 EVERYBODY'S SONG BUT MY OWN MY SHIP TRISTE I THOUGHT ABOUT YOU NICK WELDON PETE CHURCHILL ANDRA SPARKS
JANUARY 8 TRISTE I THOUGHT ABOUT YOU THE MAN I LOVE MOANIN' NICK WELDON NIKKI ILES ANDRA SPARKS
FEBRUARY 5 THE MAN I LOVE MOANIN' DESAFINADO NICE WORK IF YOU CAN GET IT NICK WELDON TREVOR TOMKINS ANDRA SPARKS
MARCH 5 DESAFINADO NICE WORK IF YOU CAN GET IT MY ROMANCE ROUND MIDNIGHT NICK WELDON STEVE WATTS ANDRA SPARKS
APRIL 2 MOANIN' THE MAN I LOVE + TO CHOOSE NICK WELDON PETE CHURCHILL ANDRA SPARKS
MAY 14 ALL REVISION TUNES + PERFORMANCE NICK WELDON PETE CHURCHILL ANDRA SPARKS

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We love jazz song, and recognise the hugely important place in the history and development of jazz of singers, from the first itinerant singing blues guitarists through Classic Blues Singers Ma Rainey and Bessie Smith and the beautiful phrasing of Louis Armstrong, to the bittersweet interpretations of Billie Holiday, the jive bop virtuosity of the scat singers of the forties and fifties, the political soul of Abbey Lincoln, the post-bop aesthetic of Mark Murphy and the exquisite time and feeling of Shirley Horn. All of these artists have with their fellow singers profoundly affected the playing of the instrumentalists around them and so have changed forever the course of the music.

For the singers - topics covered will include:

  • jazz repertoire
  • jazz styles
  • vocal technique
  • rhythmic concepts
  • jazz harmony
  • song interpretation
  • improvising skills
  • microphone technique
  • finding the vocal range
  • listening skills
  • counting in
  • intros and outros
  • and much more!
  • For the accompanists - playing with and for singers is a very special art - learning how to do it well will not only bring in the gigs but also immeasurably improve your all-round musicality and improvisation and ensemble skills.

    Hence this course, in which we call for jazz singers and singer-loving instrumentalists, frontline and rhythm section, to come and learn how to work together under the tutelage of a top professional team. Over the course of the season, singer and pianist Pete Churchill, bassist Dudley Phillips, and pianist Nikki Iles will be joining our resident jazz singing teacher Andra Sparks in working with our singers and accompanists.

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


    register here →