The Nash 2019 Summer Workshops

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Weeklong Workshops
All Workshops 1-4 pm

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Improvisation Essentials Workshop with Pam Morita - May 28-May 31

Contrary to common belief, jazz improvisation is a learned skill. It is a language developed over time, which involves listening, imitation, speaking small phrases, and eventually sentences that have a deeper meaning. The Improvisation Essentials Workshop will explore these ideas and help students learn to use them over the harmonic structure of scales, arpeggios, and chords so that we can begin to speak the language of jazz. “Maiden Voyage” by Jamey Aebersold is recommended, but not required. No prior experience of playing jazz is required, but knowledge of major scales and chords in all keys is helpful. Students in this workshop will perform an end-of-week concert at The Nash. Open to all ages and experience levels.

Latin Jazz Workshop with Raul Yanez - June 3-6

Focusing on Afro-Cuban Jazz and Mambo literature made popular by artists such as Mario Bauza, Machito Grillo, Eddie Palmieri, and Chucho Valdéz. Under the direction of master musician and teacher Raul Yanez, this workshop is an inspiring and culturally enriching musical experience. Students in this workshop will perform an end-of-week concert at 7:30 pm at The Nash. Open to all students with at least 2 years experience on their instrument.

Trad Jazz Workshop with Zach Wiggins - June 10-13

Working in small and large group settings, the Trad Jazz Workshop focuses on music from the New Orleans tradition made popular by artists such as Louis Armstrong, Jelly Roll Morton, Sidney Bechet and Bix Beiderbecke. The Trad Jazz Workshop will be a fun and exciting exploration of the music of ragtime, early swing, hot jazz, and more. Students in this workshop will perform an end-of-week concert at The Nash. Open to all students with at least 2 years experience on their instrument.

Duos and Trios Workshop with Eric Rasmussen - June 17-20

This workshop will focus on ways to play in duo and trio settings with various types of instrumentation. Throughout the workshop players will learn different ways of performing, improvising, and interacting with smaller and non-traditional instrumentation. Musicians involved with this workshop will discover the value of not being limited by smaller numbers and instrumentation. Students in this workshop will perform an end-of-week concert at The Nash. Open to intermediate (3+ years in jazz) and advanced experience levels.

Bebop Workshop with Mike Kocour - June 24-27

Explores the jazz line characteristics of artists such as Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, Horace Silver, Clifford Brown, Barry Harris and more. Taught by Arizona State’s Director of Jazz Studies, pianist, composer, and arranger Mike Kocour, the Bebop Workshop offers an intensive jazz experience for those wishing to explore this aspect of jazz improvisation and composition.

 Open to intermediate (3+ years in jazz) and advanced experience levels. This educational experience will include lots of singing, listening, and writing and some instrumental performance. Consequently the workshop does not include a final culminating performance.

Vocal Jazz Workshop (Beginning Jazz Singers) July 8-11 (Jazz Singers with Gigging Experience) July 15-18 - with Dennis Rowland

The Vocal Jazz Workshops will focus on the vocalist’s role in a jazz ensemble. Through performance, vocalists and instrumentalists will explore the basics of what to listen for when performing with an ensemble, how to choose tunes and keys, intros and endings, improvisation and vocal techniques. Students in this workshop will perform an end-of-week concert at The Nash. Open to all ages and experience levels. Beginners are encouraged to enroll in the fist session, experienced singers in the second.

Brave Musician Workshop with Monica Shriver - July 6-7

July 6th: Afternoon Session 2-5 PM
July 7th: Afternoon Session 2-5 PM, Brave Musician Dinner Hang 5-6, Brave Musician Jam Session 6-9 PM

Being a musician takes Bravery. You have done the hard part by choosing to play music and you’re learning all the technique, theory and music you can. But music is a very personal and emotional thing. There’s a lot of “soft” skills involved in being a musician - such as developing confidence, overcoming failure, networking with people, taking risks both on and off stage (especially as a jazz musician!), and maintaining joy through the process. Being Brave is at the core of all of this. In these workshops, we will provide a space to learn and discuss these skills, as well as a framework, mental models, strategies, and support to develop them. These workshops are hands-on, interactive, and fun. Monica Shriver, aka the Brave Musician, provides an empathetic space for Brave musicians of all ages and styles to explore and grow. We welcome beginners through professionals, educators, and students of all ages. Find Your People. Find out more at

Summer Jazz Conservatory (June)

This program runs M-Th 9am - 12pm
Starting each Monday in June
Cost: $150 per week (multiple week discount available)

The Nash Summer Jazz Conservatory is an opportunity for students to experience in-depth, college-level jazz music education. Each one-week session is designed to cover the cornerstones of college-level jazz study: improvisation techniques, jazz theory/ear training, repertoire, and jazz history. Taught by the leading jazz music educators in the Southwest, students will find each morning session (9am-Noon) closely connected to the afternoon Jazz Workshops. Two or more years of jazz experience is required.

The schedule is as follows:
Russ Schmidt: June 3-6
Dr. Jeff Libman: June 10-13
Adam Roberts: June 17-20
Dr. Keith Kelly: June 24-27

NEW FOR 2019!

Be A Better Brass Player – Saturdays in June 1, 8, 15 8:30-11:00am.

Charles Hopkins - Trombone
Mark Gosiewski – Trumpet

Attendees will progress through three basic elements of achievement on a brass instrument: A daily fundamental routine, preparing for a performance, and developing skills to improvise. This will be a playing intensive workshop, with detailed instruction on how to focus your practice time to not only maintain but improve. These sessions are co-taught by trombonist/cross-genre specialist, Dr. Charles Hopkins, and jazz trumpeter/arranger Mark Gosiewski.

Note: This workshop requires a textbook, which can be purchased by clicking the appropriate link below:

Nash Summer Ensembles – Play the music of…

Tuesday, June 4, 11, 18 rehearsals
Concert on June 25th

Rehearsal Times

6:15 – 8:15pm Chaz Martineau – Original Music
6:15 – 8:15pm Alex Oliverio – Ambient Ensemble
4:00 – 6:00pm Josiel Perez-Hernandez – Cuban Ensemble
4:00 – 6:00pm Mary Petrich – Open Hand

Participating in a small jazz ensemble led by an artist/educator with a unique creative vision is an incredible learning experience. With that in mind, we present The Nash Summer Creative Ensembles, where you can play the original music of Chaz Martineau as well as your own original music, explore ambient music with Alex Oliverio, play Cuban music with Josiel Perez-Hernandez, or take part in Mary Petrich’s Open Hand ensemble. Musicians will play along side these professional musicians, learn how to approach and rehearse your chosen style of music, and perform in a concert showcasing each ensemble on June 25th at 7:30pm Open to intermediate (3+ years in jazz) and advanced experience levels.

Pick 2 and save!

The rate to attend a workshop or conservatory session $150, but sign up for any 2 or more, and get a discount of $50 off all additional workshops/sessions.

1 workshop/session: $150 total
2 workshops/sessions: $250 total ($150 for 1st, $100 for 2nd)*
3 workshops/sessions: $350 ($150 for 1st, $100 for 2nd and 3rd)*, etc.


*All discounts and rebates will be in the form of a check from Jazz In Arizona/The Nash