The following is a list of lecture/masterclass topics with a brief
Jazz Evolution and the African Diaspora
This first of a two-part offering will focus on the ancestral
roots of jazz, from traditional African music through spirituals,
worksongs, field hollers, gospel and the blues. This session will
cover African traditions through the Harlem Renaissance.
Jazz Styles and the Social Context: Jazz in Action!
This session will allow the participants to experience "live"
performances of the major jazz styles found in jazz history. A
demonstration ensemble composed of TTI faculty will provide examples
of the styles ranging from New Orleans Dixieland, swing, bebop,
cool, and hard bop. Additionally, each period will be placed into
the social, economical, political and religious context it represents.
Developing the Successful Jazz Ensemble This instrumental
approach is designed to assist the jazz director with techniques
for developing a successful jazz ensemble. Topics will include
physical set-ups, chart selection, rhythm section techniques,
developing a concept for swing, rehearsal techniques and basic
approaches to jazz improvisation.
Vocal Jazz Techniques for the Developing Ensemble
This session will focus the process of organizing and maintaining
a vocal jazz ensemble. The auditioning process, interpretation
of jazz notation, ear training, the jazz warm-up and rehearsal
techniques will be apart of the discussion for this session. Additionally,
beginning improvisation techniques will be addressed.
Jazz Trumpet Techniques
This session will focus on techniques involving performance practices
associated with jazz trumpet playing. Sound, articulation, technique
will be topics of exploration. Improvisation as it relates to
idiomatic devices with the trumpet will also be discussed. Examples
of some of the great trumpet legends will be demonstrated.
Rehearsal Tips for the Jazz Ensemble
This session will address the many aspects of preparing a large
ensemble for performances. Concepts of interpretation of notation,
swinging, rhythm section clues and lead and section playing will
be discussed. A demonstration band will be present to help explain
many of the rehearsal tips.
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