A SUMMER OF JAZZ
What Does Contemporary Big Band Sound Like?
Here are some examples of the finest and most challenging pieces being written for the modern jazz ensemble.
Along with a selection of swinging jazz and popular tunes all audiences will like, we will tackle the exciting challenge of perfecting some of these cutting-edge pieces.
Be part of something specialJazz is America’s native art form. St. Louis is a place of great importance in the history of jazz.
"A Summer of Jazz" by Jazz Without Borders is going to further that tradition in the Sumer of 2017 by making it new and contemporary! Come play with us as we explore new, cutting edge charts for big band and other types of ensembles.
Together, we will envision a contemporary big band focused on writers like Maria Schneider, Darcy James Argue, Steve Weist, and Gordon Goodwin, with a few originals thrown in for good measure. The music will be a great mix of hard swinging jazz, popular tunes that all audiences will recognize, and cutting-edge pieces that will be an exciting challenge to perfect.
The PlanPrepare, Perform, Record!
Rehearse one evening a week starting in the third week of June and going for 8 weeks, to the 2nd week of August. You will work with a dedicated, passionate director, and knowledgable and experienced guest conductors and clinicians.
We will put on a concert in mid-August, before most schools start again. The concert will feature a guest artist. I’ve tentatively reached out recently to people who are accomplished and well-known on the national jazz scene as potential guests. We'll know who will join us around the time of our first rehearsals.
We will professionally record the concert live so everyone has a nice digital album of themselves.
Who Can Participate/Instrumentation needed.Membership is open to high school and middle school students currently in 7th through 12 grades and actively enrolled in school, public, private, or home-schooled. Just-graduated seniors are also welcome! Musicians will be coming from schools all over the St. Louis area and from those taking private lessons in many of the local music stores.
Students should come highly focused and highly motivated, but eager to have a lot of fun in both the regular rehearsals and performances. As with all types of groups, it is hat the members make of it, and we hope you will bring your unique personality and spirit to the proceedings.
The plan is to field a full big band ensemble (4-5 trumpets, 4-5 trombones, 5 saxes, and rhythm section of guitar, piano, bass, and drums. If possible, it would be a great addition to have male a female vocalists as well.
If more people sign up than are needed for one ensemble, we will consider the option of fomring a second group!
The cost for the full summer is $299.
This is similar to the cost of a one-week of jazz camp
or in-store series of lessons. But insteead, you'll be getting 8 weeks
of preparation with knowledgable teachers and
clinicians, a concert with a guest artist, and a professional recording
of the performance.
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