The Nash 2021 Summer Workshops

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Weeklong Online Workshops
All Workshops run M-F (morning and afternoon 90 minute sessions)
Cost: $150

Please complete The Nash Summer Workshop registration form for each student: CLICK HERE

CLICK HERE to go to our Enrollment page

***PLEASE NOTE: THE WORKSHOPS WILL BE MEETING IN A VARIETY OF FORMATS, INCLUDING ZOOM, IN-PERSON & HYBRID. DETAILS INCLUDED IN CLASS DESCRIPTION***

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

Beyond Acoustic Jazz: Technology for Practice, Composition, & Performance with Adam Roberts - June 7-11 (10:30am-12:00pm)

Beginning with fusion, Jazz has embraced technology for its possibilities in sound creation, and modern musicians have access to more options than ever before. This workshop will show you how to use technology in practice (tools include Ableton Live and various practice apps), and in performance (effects processing and Ableton Live). Inspired by the work of Kneebody, Ingrid Jensen, John Scofield, and Donny McCaslin, experiences will include a how-to for building an effects rig, an effects petting zoo, exploring compositional devices, and developing arrangements of tunes or original compositions designed to support effects processing.

All levels welcome.

*This workshop will be held virtually via Zoom with the option of meeting in-person, practicing safety guidelines from the CDC, provided The Nash, the instructor, and the workshop participants all approve.

Latin Jazz Workshop with Raúl Yañez - June 7-11 (1:00 - 2:30 pm)

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

*This workshop will be held virtually via Zoom with the option of meeting in-person, practicing safety guidelines from the CDC, provided The Nash, the instructor, and the workshop participants all approve.

Jazz Composition Workshop with Russell Schmidt June 14-18 (10:30 am - 12:00 pm)

With a focus on composing new music, as well as learning basic scoring techniques, the Jazz Composition Workshop will help participants develop their individual creativity, regardless of experience level. Led by composer/educator Russell Schmidt, the program will explore foundational elements (form, melody, harmony, rhythm, orchestration) as well as various conceptual approaches to help inititiate the ideas and launching points from which fully-formed compositions grow.

Students of all levels are welcome.

*This workshop will be held virtually via Zoom with the option of meeting in-person, practicing safety guidelines from the CDC, provided The Nash, the instructor, and the workshop participants all approve.

Bebop Workshop with Mike Kocour - June 14-18  (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.
Consequently the workshop does not include a final culminating performance.

 *This workshop will be held virtually via Zoom with the option of meeting in-person, practicing safety guidelines from the CDC, provided The Nash, the instructor, and the workshop participants all approve.

Odd Meter Workshop with Eric Rasmussen - June 21-25 (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.

*This workshop will be held virtually via Zoom with the option of meeting in-person, practicing safety guidelines from the CDC, provided The Nash, the instructor, and the workshop participants all approve.

Phoenix Jazz Girls Rising with Claudia Bloom and Mary Petrich - June 26 - August 14  Every Saturday from 10:00 am - 12:00 pm*
*Classes will meet as a group for one hour, and then 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 eight 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. For further information, contact email marypetrich@cox.net.

Open to female musicians aged 10 - 17

*This workshop will be held in-person at The Nash

Vocal Jazz Workshop with Dennis Rowland - July 5-9 (1:00-2:30pm)

The Vocal Jazz Workshop 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.

Open to all ages and experience levels.

*This workshop will meet in-person, practicing safety guidelines from the CDC, provided The Nash, the instructor, and the workshop participants all approve.

Vocal Improvisation Workshop with Dr. Greg Amerind July 12-16 (1 - 2:30 pm)

CLICK HERE for a video message from Greg Amerind!

Dr. Greg Amerind has been singing and playing jazz for the past 45 years, becoming an accomplished improvisor along the way, performing with many respected jazz musicians throughout the US, and earning Masters and Doctorate degrees in music performance. When asked what he does as a profession and answers, “I’m a jazz musician,” the next question is almost always, “what instrument do you play?” When answered truthfully with “I’m a vocalist,” it is also almost always met with surprise and sometimes confusion. Unknown to many, the voice is as much a musical instrument as piano, guitar, or saxophone and that a true jazz vocalist must approach their instrument and training in the same way as any other jazz musician. That is what the vocal jazz workshop is all about – how do vocalists become more accomplished jazz musicians? The answer - learning to improvise! Maybe, as a singer, you’ve already explored this aspect of jazz or you have just discovered the music of someone like Ella Fitzgerald, Mel Tormé, or Bobby McFerrin and you want to learn to “scat sing” like they do. If so, then this is the workshop for you! Using tools of inspiration, imitation, a dose of basic music theory and a little practice, you will be on your way to becoming a polished vocal improviser. During the workshop students will practice basic phrasing, runs & licks, and scat syllables using blues and other basic jazz song forms.

Open to all ages and experience levels

*This workshop will be held virtually via Zoom with the option of meeting in-person, practicing safety guidelines from the CDC, provided The Nash, the instructor, and the workshop participants all approve.

CLICK HERE  to go to our Enrollment page

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