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NJW July Classes

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Presented by Nashville Jazz Workshop at Online, Nashville TN

Jul 06 - 24 2020
NJW July Classes

Nashville Jazz Workshop is offering a combination of 3-week ($125) and 5-day ($100) online classes unless otherwise noted.

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Mondays 6pm – 8pm
The Art of Phrasing with Rachael Price
Join NJW alumna & recording artist Rachael Price (Lake Street Dive, Rachael and Vilray) for this Advanced vocal class. Rachael will help students transform a lyric from the page to something instantly memorable! Students will explore speech level singing, back phrasing, singing over the bar line, and balancing long and short phrases. Students should have 3 songs memorized and accomp. tracks in their correct keys.
8 performance spots $200
15 auditor spots $50 (non-participation)

Tuesdays 11am – 1pm
Charlie Christian and the Swing Era Jazz Guitar Style with Chip Henderson
Class will focus on the single-line soloing style of Charlie Christian and other prominent late Swing Era guitarists. Topics will include developing ideas through the use of chord grips and arpeggios, chord substitution practices, incorporating blues elements, phrasing, and comping.

Tuesdays 6pm – 8pm
Constructing Walking Bass Lines with Roger Spencer
Bass is the rhythmic and harmonic foundation of any ensemble. We’ll discuss how to construct bass lines that perform those two functions while also being melodic and interesting. This is not just a class for bass players, though. It’s recommend for pianists and guitar players who perform solo and need to be their own bass player, as well as writer/arrangers who need to compose bass lines.

Tuesdays 7pm – 9pm
Introduction to Jazz Singing with Joe Freel
Have you ever wanted to learn to sing jazz standards? Now’s your chance! Students will learn songs with emphasis on correct melodies, groove, jazz phrasing and lyric interpretation. Students will be provided recorded tracks to sing with in male and female keys.

Wednesdays 11am – 12pm 
Ballads 2 with Lori Mechem
Study and perform famous jazz ballads, including  “Autumn Nocturne,” “Easy Living,” “If I Should Lose You,” “My Ship,” “Some Other Time,” and “The Things We Did Last Summer”.

Wednesdays 6pm – 8pm
Ballads 2 with Lori Mechem
Study and perform famous jazz ballads, including  “Autumn Nocturne,” “Easy Living,” “If I Should Lose You,” “My Ship,” “Some Other Time,” and “The Things We Did Last Summer”.

Solo Piano Concepts with Pat Coil
Students will work on composing their own arrangements of standard repertoire and will learn how to execute them in a solo format. Components discussed will include stride, Shearing voicings, stylistic considerations, tempo vs. rubato, intros or endings, soloing, bass lines, harmonic movement, and time.

Thursdays 6pm – 8pm
Vocal Improvisation 2 with Liz Johnson
Students will continue to explore basic chord progressions, including the concept of ‘II-V-I’ turn-arounds, major and minor diatonic progressions, and ‘rhythm changes.’ Students will also learn about solo development (including use of space, sequence, melodic motifs, etc.) and begin to experiment with standard tunes. Intermediate level.

Minor ii-v’s and Diminished Patterns with Roger Spencer
Through a blend of ear training and analysis, this class covers the minor ii7b5-V7b9-I6 progression, emphasizing diminished scales, their purpose, and the patterns that will work over this progression.

5-Day Listening Classes

Monday through Friday 11am – 12pm, $100
Listening: The Life & Music of Bill Evans with Bruce Dudley July 6 – 10
A study of the music of Bill Evans, with analysis of his improvisational style and solo transcription.

Listening: Music of the Movement – The Impact of Jazz on the Civil Rights Struggle with Dara Tucker & Greg Bryant
July 13 – 17
Since its inception, the freedom of improvisational music has helped to shape and strengthen the movement for human and civil rights. From Louis Armstrong and Billie Holiday to Ambrose Akinmusire and Jazzmeia Horn, learn more about and listen to the artists who’ve reflected the struggle, passion, pain, and triumph for justice in the United States.

Listening: The Count Basie Orchestra with Roger Spencer July 20 – 24
The Count Basie Orchestra is one of the most important bands in the history of jazz, with a hard-swinging rhythm section and precision ensemble playing. We’ll discuss the personnel, arrangers, recordings, and the most famous compositions of the band’s 50-year heyday.

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