MORDOR JAZZ ENSEMBLES 2016-17

MORDOR 1TUNESTUTORS
OCTOBER 8 AU PRIVAVE IN YOUR OWN SWEET WAY NICK WELDON TREVOR TOMKINS
NOVEMBER 5 AU PRIVAVE IN YOUR OWN SWEET WAY LITTLE BOAT SNAPPER NICK WELDON STEVE WATTS
DECEMBER 3 LITTLE BOAT SNAPPER MY IDEAL HUM NICK WELDON STEVE WATTS
JANUARY 14 MY IDEAL HUM LOOK TO THE SKY FUNK IN 3/4 NICK WELDON NIKKI ILES
FEBRUARY 11 LOOK TO THE SKY FUNK IN 3/4 OUT OF NOWHERE IN A SENTIMENTAL MOOD NICK WELDON + TBA
MARCH 11 OUT OF NOWHERE IN A SENTIMENTAL MOOD LITTLE BOAT LOOK TO THE SKY NICK WELDON DUDLEY PHILLIPS
APRIL 8 FUNK IN 3/4 + TO CHOOSE NICK WELDON MARK BASSEY
MAY 20 ALL REVISION TUNES + PERFORMANCE NICK WELDON DAVE LEWIS
MORDOR 2TUNESTUTORS
OCTOBER 2 AU PRIVAVE IN YOUR OWN SWEET WAY NICK WELDON PETE CHURCHILL
OCTOBER 30 AU PRIVAVE IN YOUR OWN SWEET WAY LITTLE BOAT SNAPPER NICK WELDON DUDLEY PHILLIPS
NOVEMBER 27 LITTLE BOAT SNAPPER MY IDEAL HUM NICK WELDON PETE CHURCHILL
JANUARY 8 MY IDEAL HUM LOOK TO THE SKY FUNK IN 3/4 NICK WELDON NIKKI ILES
FEBRUARY 5 LOOK TO THE SKY FUNK IN 3/4 OUT OF NOWHERE IN A SENTIMENTAL MOOD NICK WELDON TREVOR TOMKINS
MARCH 5 OUT OF NOWHERE IN A SENTIMENTAL MOOD IN YOUR OWN SWEET WAY LITTLE BOAT NICK WELDON STEVE WATTS
APRIL 2 MY IDEAL LOOK TO THE SKY FUNK IN 3/4 NICK WELDON PETE CHURCHILL
MAY 14 ALL REVISION TUNES + PERFORMANCE NICK WELDON PETE CHURCHILL
MORDOR 3TUNESTUTORS
OCTOBER 1 AU PRIVAVE IN YOUR OWN SWEET WAY NIKKI ILES
NOVEMBER 26 AU PRIVAVE IN YOUR OWN SWEET WAY LITTLE BOAT SNAPPER NIKKI ILES
JANUARY 7 LITTLE BOAT SNAPPER MY IDEAL HUM NIKKI ILES
FEBRUARY 4 MY IDEAL HUM LOOK TO THE SKY FUNK IN 3/4 TREVOR TOMKINS
MARCH 4 LOOK TO THE SKY FUNK IN 3/4 OUT OF NOWHERE IN A SENTIMENTAL MOOD TREVOR TOMKINS
APRIL 1 OUT OF NOWHERE IN A SENTIMENTAL MOOD + REVISION NIKKI ILES

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The Mordor Ensembles will be working through repertoire and the associated specific skills and theory points from Jazz School UK Levels 2 and 3. Ensemble members can read about these in the members area.

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

‣ very good instrumental ability
‣ knowing more than 10 tunes (melody and chords) by heart
‣ fluency in rootless lefthand voicings (piano)
‣ knowledge of smaller chords in different positions (guitarists)
‣ able to play in a good range of feel, key and tempo
‣ able to tap a rhythm in one hand against a pulse in the other
‣ able to communicate time feel reliably to the rest of the band
‣ starting to be able to describe underlying harmony just in a solo line
‣ awareness of the connection of sound and feeling
‣ starting to 'tune in' to band conversations (especially with the drummer!)
‣ starting to recognise forms, and the patterns that make them, more quickly
‣ starting to extract tune language (rhythmic and melodic) and feed into improvisation
‣ knowing scales thoroughly, ie starting from any note
‣ starting to be comfortable with enclosures
‣ understanding the application of the harmonic minor scale, and its relation to diminished chords (especialliy in turnarounds)
‣ starting to think about melodic minor dominants
‣ awareness of the Back Door
‣ starting to transcribe tunes and solos
‣ gaining confidence as an improviser, able 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, though, as this is very much an entry point into the higher levels of playing, is that players should be starting to feel relaxed about the basics - instrumental technique, repertoire, harmonic description, practical application of theory, rhythmic security, form recognition and aural skills.

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


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