JAZZ SINGERS & ACCOMPANISTS ENSEMBLE 2018-19

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OCTOBER 7 LULLABY OF BIRDLAND* DAY BY DAY BORN TO BE BLUE NICK WELDON PETE CHURCHILL ANDRA SPARKS
NOVEMBER 4 I LET A SONG GO OUT OF MY HEART* DAT DERE DEVIL MAY CARE NICK WELDON PETE CHURCHILL ANDRA SPARKS
DECEMBER 2 TRISTE* THERE'LL BE SOME CHANGES MADE WE'LL BE TOGETHER AGAIN NICK WELDON PETE CHURCHILL ANDRA SPARKS
JANUARY 13 LULLABY OF BIRDLAND* DAY BY DAY BORN TO BE BLUE NICK WELDON MARK BASSEY ANDRA SPARKS
FEBRUARY 10 I LET A SONG GO OUT OF MY HEART* DAT DERE DEVIL MAY CARE NICK WELDON PETE CHURCHILL ANDRA SPARKS
MARCH 10 TRISTE* THERE'LL BE SOME CHANGES MADE WE'LL BE TOGETHER AGAIN NICK WELDON STEVE WATTS ANDRA SPARKS
APRIL7 TUNE REVISION NICK WELDON DAVE LEWIS ANDRA SPARKS
MAY 12 REHEARSAL + PERFORMANCE NICK WELDON TREVOR TOMKINS ANDRA SPARKS
JUNE 2 SEASON FESTIVAL DAY NICK WELDON 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 Steve Watts, trombonist Mark Bassey, saxophonist Dave Lewis and drummer Trevor Tomkins will be joining our resident jazz singing teacher Andra Sparks in working with our singers and accompanists.

    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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