Performance Ensembles

THE JAZZSCHOOL AT CJC

Performance Ensembles

Jazzschool Performance Ensembles delve into a wide range of styles including jazz (standards, hard-bop, post-bop, fusion), Latin jazz, Brazilian, blues, R&B and funk. Ensembles are available for instrumentalists and vocalists at the beginning, intermediate and advanced levels. Groups range in size from the trio to the big band. A placement audition is required for all Performance Ensembles.

New Jazzschool ensemble students: New students are placed in one (or more) ensembles based on a live audition. To apply for an ensemble please fill out the ensemble application form. Once your application form has been received you will be contacted to schedule an audition.

Students who have previously been enrolled in Jazzschool ensembles: Returning students have the option of continuing in the same ensemble(s) in succeeding quarters without re-auditioning, pending approval from the program and ensemble director. Students who wish to be considered for a different ensemble(s) in a succeeding quarter may be asked to re-audition. Please fill out the ensemble application form. An audition may not be required depending on which ensemble(s) you are applying for.

JAZZSCHOOL ENSEMBLE PLACEMENT POLICY

All ensemble members must re-apply each quarter. An ensemble application must be submitted at least three weeks before the start of each quarter.

Summer 2019 Quarter

Continuing Student Application Deadline: June 14, 2019

First day of Summer Quarter: July 8

Applications received after the published deadline will be considered on an ensemble-available basis.

Note: In the interest of maintaining an optimal learning environment for ensemble members from one quarter to the next, personnel changes may be instituted at the discretion of the ensemble and program director.

Review the available classes by choosing the genres below. Please click here for ensemble audition guidelines.

Jazz

BEGINNING JAZZ ENSEMBLE
Put theory into practice by learning jazz standards, while developing improvisation and ensemble skills. For all instruments. Prerequisites: knowledge of basic jazz theory and ability to keep time and read music.

Section 1: Mondays 6:30 – 8 pm
Section 2: Mondays 8:15 – 9:45 pm
7/8 – 8/12 (6 weeks)
Performance date: Monday 8/19
Steve Erquiaga • $275
Section 3: Thursdays 8:15 – 9:45 pm
7/11 – 8/15 (6 weeks)
Performance date: Thursday 8/22
Steve Erquiaga • $275
Ensemble Application

 

JAZZ STANDARDS FOR GIGS
Develop the skills and repertoire needed for typical jazz gigs through the study and performance of common jazz styles including swing, bossa, jazz waltz and ballads. Instructor covers repertoire, essential arranging concepts (intros, endings, etc.), relevant jazz harmony and tips for soloing. Prerequisites: knowledge of basic jazz theory and ability to keep time and read music. Some previous ensemble experience.

Section 1: Mondays 6:30 – 8 pm
7/8 – 8/12 (6 weeks)
Performance date: Monday 8/19
Glenn Richman • $275

Section 2: Thursdays 6:30 – 8 pm
7/11 – 8/15 (6 weeks)
Performance date: Thursday 8/22

Section 3: Saturdays 10 – 11:30 am
Section 4: Saturdays 11:45 am – 1:15 pm
Section 5: Saturdays 1:30 – 3 pm
7/13 – 8/17 (6 weeks)
Performance date: Saturday 8/24
Glenn Richman • $275
Ensemble Application

 

HARD-BOP ENSEMBLE
Study and perform music melding bebop with R&B, gospel and the blues as developed by mid-century masters including Horace Silver, Art Blakey, Cannonball Adderley, Miles Davis, Jimmy Smith and others.

Thursdays 6:30 – 8 pm
7/11 – 8/15 (6 weeks)
Performance date: Thursday 8/22
Raffi Garabedian • $275
Ensemble Application

 

SOUL JAZZ ENSEMBLE
An intermediate ensemble delving into the groove-based repertoire of Lee Morgan, Cannonball Adderley, Eddie Harris, George Benson and others. Starting in the mid-60s, these musicians combined the popular vocabulary of funk, boogaloo and bossa nova with stripped-down harmonic progressions drawn from gospel and the blues — linking them together with memorable instrumental melodies.

Thursdays 8:15 – 9:45 pm
7/11 – 8/15 (6 weeks)
Performance date: Thursday 8/22
Raffi Garabedian • $275
Ensemble Application

 

MUSIC OF THE MASTERS
Dig into the music of John Coltrane, Thelonious Monk, Wayne Shorter and other jazz masters. Learn and internalize a variety of essential grooves while developing improvisation skills through the rehearsal of challenging repertoire.

Section 1: Mondays 8:15 – 9:45 pm
7/8 – 8/12 (6 weeks)
Performance date: Monday 8/19

Section 2: Thursdays 8:15 – 9:45 pm
7/1 1 – 8/15 (6 weeks)
Performance date: Thursday 8/22

Glenn Richman • $275
Ensemble Application

 

POST-BOP ENSEMBLE
Explore the repertoire of Chick Corea, Joe Henderson, Wayne Shorter, John Coltrane and other post-bop jazz composers from the 1960s to the present. Strong emphasis placed on group communication and interaction.

Wednesdays 6:30 – 8 pm
7/10 – 8/14 (6 weeks)
Performance date: Wednesday 8/21
Steve Erquiaga • $275
Ensemble Application

 

PIANO TRIO
Develop performance skills in the piano, bass and drums trio format. Open to four pianists and one drummer with accompaniment provided by a professional upright bassist.

Section 1: Mondays 5 – 6:30 pm
Section 2: Mondays 6:45 – 8:15 pm
Section 3: Mondays 8:30 – 10 pm
7/8 – 8/12 (6 weeks)
Performance date: Monday 8/19
Peter Horvath $275
Ensemble Application

 

MILES DAVIS/WAYNE SHORTER ENSEMBLE
Explore the music of Miles Davis and Wayne Shorter from the mid-60s through the 80s. Repertoire is drawn from far-reaching classic albums including Miles Smiles, ESP, Filles de Kilimanjaro, Speak No Evil, Bitches Brew, In a Silent Way, Native Dancer and Jack Johnson. Strong emphasis placed on group communication and interaction.

Wednesdays 8:15 – 9:45 pm
7/10 – 8/14 (6 weeks)
Performance date: Wednesday 8/21
Steve Erquiaga • $275
Ensemble Application

 

  NEW!
THELONIOUS MONK 
ENSEMBLE
This ensemble focuses on the compositions of one of the great jazz iconoclasts, Thelonious Monk. Many of these pieces have become modern jazz standards. Required text: Thelonious Monk Fake Book (Hal Leonard).

Wednesdays 6:30 – 8 pm
7/10 – 8/14 (6 weeks)
Performance date: Wednesday 8/21
Charlie Gurke • $275
Ensemble Application

 

  NEW!
FREE JAZZ ENSEMBLE:
THE MUSIC OF DAVID MURRAY
The Free Jazz Ensemble is designed for improvising musicians interested in stretching the boundaries of harmony and form. Each quarter the ensemble will focus on the music of a particular master musician. This summer, we will focus on the music of saxophonist and composer David Murray.

Thursdays 8:15 – 9:45 pm
7/11 – 8/15 (6 weeks)
Performance date: Thursday 8/22
Jason Levis • $275
Ensemble Application

 

ERQUIAGA ENSEMBLE 1
In this Ensemble 1 class, you’ll work on improvising over chord changes, playing with good time and learn the other skills needed to perform with other musicians. Class emphasis is on standard mainstream styles: blues, standards, swing, bebop, ballads and bossa novas.

Tuesdays 4:30 – 6 pm
7/9 – 8/13 (6 weeks)
Performance date: Tuesday 8/20
Steve Erquiaga • $275
Ensemble Application

 

ERQUIAGA ENSEMBLE 2
This Ensemble 2 class focuses on slightly faster tempos and more involved tunes! Unusual keys, uncommon tune structures and more complex melodies are presented along with standard repertoire. Includes the music of Miles Davis, Jobim, Art Blakey, Cal Tjader and many 60s Blue Note–era artists. Original compositions are encouraged!

Tuesdays 6:30 – 8 pm
7/9 – 8/13 (6 weeks)
Performance date: Tuesday 8/20
Steve Erquiaga • $275
Ensemble Application

Latin

SALSA ENSEMBLE 1
Rehearse and perform classic salsa repertoire including the music of Tito Puente, Cal Tjader, Eddie Palmieri and others. Prerequisites: familiarity with and ability to play standard Afro-Caribbean grooves as applied to your instrument.

Tuesdays 6:30 – 8 pm
7/9 – 8/13 (6 weeks)
Performance date: Tuesday 8/20
David Belove $275
Ensemble Application

 

SALSA ENSEMBLE 2
Rehearse and perform more advanced salsa repertoire. Vocalists interested in participating should sign up for Salsa Singing (see p. 23). The two courses work together throughout the term developing a full set of high energy dance music for performance.

Tuesdays 8:15 – 9:45 pm
7/9 – 8/13 (6 weeks)
Performance date: Tuesday 8/20
David Belove $275
Ensemble Application

Brazilian

BRAZILIAN ENSEMBLE
Study and perform the classic and contemporary Brazilian jazz repertoire of Ivan Lins, Dori Caymmi, Toninho Horta, Antonio Carlos Jobim and instructor Marcos Silva. Vocalists welcome! Audition with Marcos Silva is required.

Section 1: Tuesdays 6:15 – 7:45 pm
Section 2: Tuesdays 8:15 – 9:45 pm
7/9 – 8/13 (6 weeks)
Performance date: Tuesday 8/20

Section 3: Wednesdays 6 – 7:30 pm
Section 4: Wednesdays 8:15 – 9:45 pm
7/10 – 8/14 (6 weeks)
Performance date: Wednesday 8/21

Section 5: Thursdays 1 – 2:30 pm
7/11 – 8/15 (6 weeks)
Performance date: Thursday 8/22

Marcos Silva • $275
Ensemble Application

Blues

BLUES AND GROOVE ENSEMBLE
Learn to play the blues and blues-related styles. Emphasis on the groove as found on recordings of Charlie Christian, Aaron “T-Bone” Walker, Albert Collins, Jack McDuff, Louis Jordan and other “jump” blues and New Orleans masters. Prerequisite: knowledge of 12-bar blues.

Section 1: Mondays 8:15 – 9:45 pm
7/8 – 8/12 (6 weeks)
Performance date: Saturday 8/24

Section 2: Saturdays 1:30 – 3 pm
7/13 – 8/17 (6 weeks)
Performance date: Saturday 8/24

Danny Caron and Anthony Paule • $275
Ensemble Application

Funk

FUNK ENSEMBLE
From James Brown to Prince, Sly and the Family Stone to Tower of Power, Stevie Wonder to Earth, Wind & Fire, The Meters to Herbie Hancock, we get down and funky in this ensemble. Explore what it takes to master the complexity of the funk genre by breaking down the rhythmic foundation of the groove, the feel, the “pocket!” For all vocalists, horns and rhythm section instruments.

Thursdays 6:30 – 8 pm
7/11 – 8/15 (6 weeks)
Performance date: Thursday 8/22
Daniel Lucca Parenti • $275
Ensemble Application

Reggae

  NEW!
INSTRUMENTAL REGGAE
JAZZ ENSEMBLE

In this class we will take well-known jazz standards and play them…REGGAE STYLE! Reggae music, despite its relatively simplistic nature, has a great deal of rhythmic and melodic nuance with an emphasis on the discipline of groove playing where each musician locks down their specific part to create a collective, ecstatic dance groove. We will learn how to play reggae (including one-drop, steppers and rockers styles), rocksteady, reggae-rock, dub, dancehall and if time permits, ska. Rhythm section players will learn how to play proper drumset grooves, reggae-centric bass lines, the chop (skank) and bubble (or shuffle), and the role of hand percussion. Horn and any other lead instruments will play melodies, learn reggae-centric backing lines and of course, incorporate jazz improvisation over the ensemble grooves. Open to all instrumentalists including bass, drums, keyboards, guitar, hand percussion and horns. No previous reggae experience necessary.

Wednesdays 8:15 – 9:45

7/10 – 8/14 (6 weeks)

Performance date: Wednesday 8/21

Matt Jenson • $275

Ensemble Application
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