Here’s an opportunity to play jazz in a small group: rhythm section and front line. Rehearse arrangements of popular jazz pieces, then learn useful ways of improvising on them. Theory is touched on as necessary, but the emphasis is on playing and having fun. While you do not need previous experience in jazz improvisation, you must have a basic command of your instrument, know major scales (up to three sharps and flats) and have basic reading skills. Pianists and bassists need to be able to read music notation or to play from chord symbols. Drummers should know some basic jazz grooves.
FULL COURSE PRICE (Please note a deposit of £50 is taken to secure bookings for weekend courses, the full balance will be due one month before the course. Day courses are paid for in full at the time of booking):
Double/Twin : £275
Mike Hall is a jazz saxophonist and educator. He began his musical career with the National Youth Jazz Orchestra, which led to work with composer/pianist Michael Garrick with whom he toured Malaysia and made numerous recordings and broadcasts. More recent work has included a week at Ronnie Scott’s Club with the Echoes of Ellington Orchestra, the World Saxophone Congress in Slovenia with Andy Scott’s Sax Assault and a series of dates with his own quartet. He has recorded as soloist with Cambridge Chorale and Keswick Hall Choir and regularly freelances with the RLPO, BBC Phil and Halle Orchestras. As well as maintaining a busy performing schedule, Mike heads Jazz Studies at the RNCM. Here he teaches jazz improvisation, theory and history, is tutor in saxophone and directs the RNCM Big Band and Jazz Collective. He is composer and consultant for the ABRSM and runs several other jazz workshops around the UK and France.
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