JAM Improv (JAI)

JAM Improv Overview:
The new jazz improvisation program, JAM Improv, offers a curriculum that provides a solid grounding on the traditional and the “outside” approach. Led by renowned saxophonist, composer and director, Paul Carr, our instructors guide adult students, ages 16 and up, in learning a basic repertoire of jazz material, jazz improvisation including scatting and period based interpretation. Basic instrumental and vocal techniques imparted to include chord progressions, posture, ear training, sight-reading, pitch and tone.

Program Description:
The JAM Improv program offers six sessions that focus on learning the jazz improvisation concepts. You will work with a professional rhythm section to enhance your skills in the interpretation of the music. There will be monthly assignments given at each session to prepare you for your next session. Also, there will be two (2) performances at a professional venue, including the Mid-Atlantic Jazz Festival.

As with all JAM offerings, students will learn while having fun! You will jam along with their peers and professional instructors in a welcoming and supportive environment. The JAI focus is on the straight-ahead jazz genre.

So, if you want to improvise and learn more performance techniques including:

    • Rhythm and time
    • Developing your own style
    • Performance techniques
    • Complementing the rhythm section
    • Ear training
    • Musicianship
    • Scatting (vocalists)

October 27, 2015; November 10, 2015; January 12, 2016; March 15, 2016; April 12, 2016; and May 10, 2016.

Marketing – The Music Business:
BONUS OFFER – Attend 5 or more sessions and the JAM Improv Marketing class is free. This is a $25 value!

Then, JAM Improv is for you…

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26th Oct 2015
Paul Carr to receive the Education Award

Director Paul Carr to receive the County Executive's Awards for Excellence in the Arts and Humanities which is the most prestigious honor conferred by Montgomery County for his contribution to Education. Please join us and support him at this free event on Monday, October 26, 2015 at 7:00pm
Cultural Arts Center
Montgomery College
7995 Georgia Avenue
Silver Spring, MD 20910

It’s A New Day – Tuesday

Jazz Academy Ensemble (JAE) and Jazz Academy Orchestra (JAO) rehearsals are now on Tuesdays beginning September 22, 2015!

Same place, same time. Sligo Middle School, 1401 Dennis Avenue, Silver Spring, Maryland.

JAE 5:45pm and JAO 7:00pm, every other Tuesday.