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Intro to Jazz Composition

charlie gurke

Overview

A wide-ranging survey of jazz composition and arranging techniques. Topics covered include: generating, developing and harmonizing melodic ideas, working with a range of typical forms (song forms, blues, modal, etc.), reharmonization techniques, working in various meters, traditional and contemporary arranging techniques for horns and rhythm section, and effective chart preparation. Class time includes listening and analysis of recordings of master composers from various eras, and instructor also demonstrates techniques drawn from his own compositions. Prerequisites: knowledge of jazz harmony and ability to read music.

Thursdays 6:30 – 8 pm
1/10 – 3/14 (10 weeks)
Charlie Gurke • $415

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DEPARTMENT: Composition

COURSE TITLE: Intro to Jazz Composition

COURSE DESCRIPTION:

A wide-ranging survey of jazz composition and arranging techniques. Topics covered include: generating, developing and harmonizing melodic ideas, working with a range of typical forms (song forms, blues, modal, etc.), reharmonization techniques, working in various meters, traditional and contemporary arranging techniques for horns and rhythm section, and effective chart preparation. Class time includes listening and analysis of recordings of master composers from various eras, and instructor also demonstrates techniques drawn from his own compositions.

 

Charlie Gurke (saxophone, composition)
M.M. in Jazz Studies, University of Oregon. B.M., Cal State East Bay. On faculty at Laney College and the Community Music Center of San Francisco. Currently performs and records with the Electric Squeezebox Orchestra, Edgardo Cambón, Carne Cruda, the Gurkestra, and more. Past performance and recording credits include Omar Sosa, Aphrodesia, the Pacific Mambo Orchestra, Carne Cruda, Fito Reinoso, and others. Music director and composer in residence, We Players theater company.

 

 

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