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Tuesday, February 21, 2023
Edmonds Jazz Walk - 2nd Annual Event - June 3
Saturday, August 13, 2022
August 10 update
Wednesday, July 27, 2022
July 26 - Getting Hot!
Jazz Colony at EWHS continues with chamber groups too. The weather is getting hot so the chamber groups stayed outdoors in the shade.
Romeo's Jam this THURSDAY - July 28 at 7 PM featuring Reuel Lubag on piano. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oXwTfNPWn-Q
COME OUT & JAM with EWHS players on Wednesdays at Sea Jazz all summer long. 5-7 PM.
Address: 458 Admiral Way behind Anthony's Beach Cafe
At this Tuesday's Jazz Colony session it was especially nice to have some notable alumni drop in including Devon Yesberger and Andrew Fox. Check out Devon's website for some cool free online lessons ...
Some key advice from Mr. B - "strive to develop your 'hearing eyes' and 'seeing ears'. All groups continue to strive to be creators while also working on achieving a BIG TONE.
Here's the practice log link - try to create some new habits this summer?
Tuesday, July 26 2022
This week, we worked on the same tunes as last week with a focus on “Skylark” and “This is For Albert." Copies of charts can be found at the following link: https://drive.google.com/
Horns- I hope y’all are ready to blow over this when you get here. Make sure you can play the melody convincingly as if you were a soloist. We will divide the head into sections for each of you to shine.
Rhythm- Loved the samba groove we settled on, but wasn’t thrilled by our collective “open feel.” check out some more Gretchen Parlato stuff with Mark Giuliana on drums to get some inspiration. I’ll be shedding my Fabian Alamazan impression! Additionally, this tune would be a great candidate for a drum solo w/ comping behind it. We will keep the vamp in the end the same.
“This is for Albert”:
Boy is that head tricky. Nice work figuring out the Blakey-isms in the “A” sections, Max. The hits in the sections that follow the pedals are still tripping up (myself included). Also, listen to how the soloist on the record blow over the “Gmaj7 +4/C#” in the bridge. It’s simpler than you might think!
Thanks again and hope to see more of you next week.
Hi Fly Combo - We took each section of the chords to Hi-Fly and repeated them, playing patterns 1 2 3, 1 2 3 5, and explained the modes for each chord. Showed the drummer some new Afro-Cuban grooves. ~Milo
Tuesday, July 19, 2022
Jazz Colony - July 19, 2022 - Straight No Chaser
Every Jazz Colony Student would benefit by studying the blues. Here's a recording which is recommended for all to listen to and choose a favorite chorus or 2.
Miles Davis - Straight No Chaser
Mr. B posted a progress chart in the class to help students that need a goal for their personal practice during the summer. Here's a photo of the physical chart ...
- intentional listening (to jazz)
- attending a jam session (like Sea Jazz or Romeo's)
- practicing independently and logging your progress in a notebook (or phone)
- memorizing a melody
- playing any lick in all 12 keys
- attending a live performance
- working on any audition material
- taking a real live lesson in person
- sight reading (alone or with a buddy)
- playing scales and arpeggios (or rudiments)
- optional area of interest
Here are the rehearsal summaries:
Solar Combo: Today we worked on transcribing Miles Davis' solo on Now's the Time. We learned the melody and learned the first two bars of Miles' solo that starts at 1:44. We decided a good practice goal would be to learn the first chorus of his solo. Singing first, then noodling, then playing in rhythm in small chunks seems to work best! We worked on Solar, writing out the chord tones on each chord and practicing a guide tone melody. Practice goal this week: improvise on Solar with two techniques - improvising off the guide tone line (keep coming back to the guide tone!) and then improvise using the melody to guide the solo. Decide what technique you are going to use before you play. Also this week - memorize the melody of Equinox. ~ Christine H
Hi-Fly Combo - Homework for this week:
Take every note in any scale and stack the 7th chord and number each chord with its value. This is called Diatonic 7th chords. We will be playing High Fly and Straight No Chaser so I would recommend going through this process with those tunes as well. ~ Cedar
This week in the Stars Fell on Alabama combo, we started by listening to Roy Hargrove, and went around the room and identified our favorite parts of the music, which include Roy's unique and beautiful tone on the trumpet, the excellent comping and time feel in the rhythm section, and the joyful feeling of the band. Here it is if you want to listen again:
Chamber Colony got rolling with 2 groups finally. Thanks to Steve for the fun outdoor rehearsal/lesson.
Wednesday, July 6, 2022
Jazz Colony Lives! - Back in Action - Summer 2022
Jazz Colony Lives! - Back in Action - Summer 2022
After a long hiatus due to the global pandemic, Jazz Colony at EWHS returns with a bunch of enthusiastic students and staff! Director Jake Bergevin is thrilled to have students learning to love the music and also making new friends back on campus.
This year we've added Chamber Music too. Students and staff appreciate Pete Bennett (man on the street) and Lynne Behrendt back as key volunteers/coordinators making things run smoothly.
New Chamber Music - Woodwind Quintet
Solar Combo - Theater
Stars Fell on Alabama Combo - A202
Groovin' High Combo - H classroom/mail room :)
Rehearsal Notes - Groovin' High Combo
Tuesday, July 5 2022
Students and leader participated in a SEL group activity to begin rehearsal.
“What is your name, the grade you’re going into, and a boring fact about yourself?”
We played through the tune once to acclimate ourselves with the melody, changes, and feel. The focus then shifted to the practice of ending solos predictably and communicatively with the goal of creating compositional continuity through musical, verbal, and non verbal communication on the bandstand. Examples included making eye contact, playing bluesy licks to end solos, decrescendos, and descending lines and earmarks that a solo might be winding down.
“The Mail Room Never Stops”
Students composed their own original tune based off of modified blues changes taken from Steve Davis’ “Blues for Ant-Man.” Link to rehearsal recording https://drive.google.com/file/
Learn and practice the new tune.
Matt: research some sus13 shapes that you like that feel good on guitar, both for the Bb7sus in the head in as well as the last 4 bars.
Everyone: have any of you used music notation software before (e.g., Finale, Sibelius)? Are you interested in learning? This would be a great, safe environment to try and notate a lead sheet to print out for the group.
Suggestions for more tunes that fit the “Jazztrology” theme. Please feel free to edit this document and list them below. I’ll start with a few:
How High the Moon
500 Miles High
Virgo (Wayne Shorter)
Peri’s Scope (Bill Evans)
Wed, Jul 6, 9:19 PM (9 hours ago)
Wednesday, May 11, 2022
Edmonds Jazz Walk
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