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
Brave Musician is a comprehensive initiative for musicians' personal development in creative confidence and empowerment.
This is an interactive workshop on embracing awareness and development, including goal setting, creative confidence building and sharing in practice and performance, how to be productive and creative, and fostering meaningful relationships with fellow musicians.
In these workshops, we will provide a space to learn and discuss these skills, as well strategies, and support to develop them. We welcome beginners through professionals, educators, and students of all ages and styles. Find Your People.
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
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