Ensembles

By participating in our ensemble course, students will experience most aspects of playing in a real-life jazz combo: learning compositions, rehearsing, soloing, arranging, recording in studio and performing live!

Ensemble courses have a duration of 10 weeks, the last of which is the live recording session. During that week or shortly after, the students will also perform in The Jazz Lab Live, a concert in a real music venue in front of a real audience.

Each ensemble meets once a week (see our timetable for details). During the session the tutor introduces material which is explained, discussed and rehearsed in a jazz band context. Charts will be provided prior to or on the day.

Students are selected and grouped according to their skill and experience as accurately as possible.  The program and method will be fine tuned to suit the general level of the group, although

The Jazz Standard Ensemble (4 groups)

This ensemble deals with the basics skills needed to play in a jazz band. A set of standards from the Jazz repertoire will be studied and practiced in a typical jazz group setting. The focus is on the music produced from early 50s to mid 60s, a golden age for small jazz combos. As played by Miles Davis, Duke Ellington, Sonny Rollins, “Cannonball” Adderley, Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers, Oscar Peterson, Chet Baker, Joe Henderson, Herbie Hancock etc.

Some of the aspects covered include:

  • Understanding a jazz music chart
  • Comping and soloing basics,
  • Time and rhythm,
  • The role of each instrument in a jazz band,
  • Introduction to jazz harmony,
  • Main chord progressions,
  • How to practice and learn jazz standards.
  • Working with dynamics
  • Interplay and musical interaction
  • Basic arrangement

(The level of difficulty of each topic varies with the level of the group.)

These ensemble are directed by Cote Calmet , Marco Santaroni and Cian Boylan.

The tutors will alternate leading the group classes, in order to offer different insights in such a vast and diverse music genre.

Open to all instruments, there are limited spaces for bass, drums and piano (1 each) and guitar (2).

Check out our the last series here.

For information and booking for the upcoming series please fill the application form or email thejazzlabdublin@gmail.com

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