The Nash 2020 Summer Workshops

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Weeklong Online Workshops
Morning Workshops are M-F, 10:00 - 11:30 am, Afternoon Workshops are M-F, 1:00 - 2:30 pm (unless otherwise noted)
Cost: $150
(except where noted)

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  • a Zoom account (webcam recommended but not required)
  • The iRealPro app on a phone or tablet

Jazz Bass Workshop with Dr. Ben Hedquist - May 26-29 (Tue-Fri 10 - 11:30 am)

With a focus on bass line construction, the role of the bass within a rhythm section and technical elements of the instrument, the Jazz Bass Workshop will give bassists the skills they need to groove and function effectively in a live musical situation. This workshop, led by Dr. Ben Hedquist, will cover different approaches to walking, creating melodic bass lines, and ways to groove hard within a rhythm section.

Open to all students (upright OR electric bass) with at least two years of experience

Improvisation Essentials Workshop with Pam Morita - May 26-May 29 (Tue-Fri 1 - 2:30 pm)

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. No prior experience of playing jazz is required, but knowledge of major scales and chords in all keys is helpful.

Open to all ages and experience levels

Trad Jazz Workshop with Zach Wiggins - June 1-5 (1 - 2:30 pm)

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.

Open to all students with at least 2 years experience on their instrument

Jazz Composition Workshop with Russell Schmidt June 8-12 (10-11:30 am)

With a focus on composing new music, as well as learning basic scoring techniques, the Jazz Composition Workshop will jump start individual creativity in both novice and experienced writers. Led by composer/educator Russell Schmidt, the program will explore harmonization and reharmonization techniques, conceptual and motivic development, and various approaches to initiate the fresh ideas that grow into fully-formed compositions. 

Students of all levels are welcome, but a thorough understanding of chord symbols is a prerequisite

Bebop Workshop with Mike Kocour - June 8-12 (1 - 2:30 pm)

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.

Phoenix Jazz Girls Rising with Mary Petrich and Claudia Bloom - Saturdays from June 13 through July 18  (6 sessions 10-11 am*) $60 (scholarships available)
*Classes will meet as a group for one hour, and  each student will receive an additional hour of individual instruction scheduled with one of the instructors.

Phoenix Jazz Girls Rising is designed to teach young female musicians the basic skills of jazz improvisation. Students will learn well-known jazz tunes and create improvised solos to express individuality. In addition to the six weekly sessions, each student will receive an hour of individual instruction via Zoom to be scheduled with one of the instructors. Open to girls ages 10-17. Students must have at least one year experience on their instrument with a basic knowledge of scales.

Requirements: Access to transcribing program ASD (Amazing Slow Downer) and iReal Pro backing track program.

 Open to female musicians aged 10 - 17

Latin Jazz Workshop with Raúl Yañez - June 15-19 (1 - 2:30 pm)

The Latin Jazz Workshop will be focusing on Afro-Cuban Jazz, Salsa and Mambo literature made popular by artists such as Mario Bauza, Machito, Eddie Palmieri, Tito Puente and Chucho Valdéz. Under the direction of master musician and teacher Raúl Yañez, this workshop is an inspiring and culturally enriching musical experience. Students in this workshop will learn about the different styles, gain a historical perspective, guided listening, and learn improvising tools to match the genre.
Open to all students and Latin Jazz fans

Odd Meter Workshop with Eric Rasmussen - June 22-26 (1 - 2:30 pm)

Playing in "odd meters" is now standard procedure for modern musicians and especially jazz improvisers. This workshop will focus on tips and tricks to get you comfortable playing in 3/4, 5/4, 7/4, 5/8 and 7/8 over jazz standards and other song forms. We will also focus on playing over the bar line in 4/4 and expanding your rhythmic palette.

Open to intermediate to advanced level students that are comfortable improvising in common meters. 

Behind the Grooves with Lewis Nash June 23-24, 30, July 1 (Tue-Wed 3 - 4:30 pm)

Join jazz legend Lewis Nash for a fun and informative journey through his recording career, from the early 1980s to the present. Mr. Nash – whose 500+ discography includes 10 Grammy winners and numerous Grammy nominees – will choose from sessions with legendary jazz giants like McCoy Tyner, Tommy Flanagan, Hank Jones, Cedar Walton, Horace Silver, Art Farmer, Jim Hall, Betty Carter, Clark Terry to put under the “listening microscope” and share fascinating behind the scenes stories about their making. Mr. Nash will recall memorable moments, highlights from the actual recording process, musical choices made during the session, how arrangements evolved, physical set ups, listening to playbacks, lessons learned in the studio and more. As Mr. Nash’s students can attest: you never know what jazz legend might ‘zoom’ into one of these workshop sessions!

Highly recommended for all jazz students, musicians, educators, fans and aficionados - Limited to 100 participants

Vocal Improvisation Workshop with Dr. Greg Amerind July 13-17 (1 - 2:30 pm)

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The voice is as much a musical instrument as piano, guitar or saxophone, and a true jazz vocalist must approach their instrument and training in the same way as any other jazz musician. That is what the Vocal Improvisation Workshop is all about: how do vocalists become more accomplished jazz musicians? Students will learn some basic music theory and practice phrasing, runs and licks, and scat syllables, using blues and other common jazz song forms. Whether you have already begun exploring this aspect of jazz, or are just discovering the masters of "scat singing" and want to learn how to sing like Ella Fitzgerald, Mel Tormé or Bobby McFerrin, this is the workshop for you.

Open to all ages and experience levels

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