Ensembles

  • Learn Jazz Standards, Jazz Harmony and Rhythm
  • Play in a real-life Jazz Combo 
  • Arrange and Improvise under the guidance of expert tutors
  • Perform with your group in front of an audience in a famous Dublin Jazz Club

For the upcoming term, we will offer three ensembles:

JAZZ STANDARDS 

The classic staples of every jam sessions and the basic repertoire for everyone who is interested in playing Jazz. Compositions by giants like Duke Ellington, Charlie Parker, Miles Davis,  and the American Song Book.

VOCAL JAZZ

Classics of the vocal repertoire, as sung by Ella Fitzgerald, Frank Sinatra, Billie Holiday, Nat King Cole, Nina Simone etc

STANDARDS REVISITED (intermediate/advanced level)

This new ensemble focuses on the arrangement of Jazz standards in a small group context. Particularly important will be the rhythmic variation, for example playing a swinging tune with a Latin, African or other world rhythms and see how their language translates on our instruments.

All ensemble courses have a duration of 9 weeks, not including the concert. 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.

The tuition will cover the basic skills needed to play in a jazz band. A set of tunes from the Jazz repertoire will be studied and practiced in a typical jazz group setting. The repertoire is mostly what is known as “Jazz Standards“, usually found on the Real Books. Compositions by the great Broadway composers, Swing era hits (Duke Ellington) , “Bebop” classics (Parker, Gillespie), “Cool Jazz”, “Hardbop” and Modal Jazz. As played by  Miles Davis, Sonny Rollins, “Cannonball” Adderley, 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.)

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.

These ensembles 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). A maximum of 2 vocalists are allowed in the Vocal Jazz Ensemble.

Check out our the last series here.

For your chance to be part of upcoming series please fill the application form 

For any questions, email thejazzlabdublin@gmail.com

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