JAM Improv (JAI)

JAM Improv Overview:

Our new jazz improvisation program, “JAM Improv”, offers a curriculum that provides a solid foundation on the traditional and the “outside” approaches. 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 your 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)

Then, JAM Improv is for you…

Sessions:
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!

    To Register for JAM Improv:

CLICK HERE!

News

Paul Carr and Jazz
Wilson Center Article

SMP_3070Paul Carr and Jazz Wilson Center Article by Blair A. Ruble.

Saxophonist Paul Carr tells the story of waiting with his saxophone at the baggage claim belt in St. Petersburg, Russia, when another passenger came up and said: “Paul Carr, Westminster Church in Washington.” Paul recounts this incident as a way of testifying to the global reach of Friday Night Jazz at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Southwest Washington, D.C. Home to a hugely successful concert series now nearly two decades old, Westminster has become a touchstone of the D.C. jazz scene.

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the Ensemble?

The Jazz Academy Ensemble (JAE) is for young instrumental musicians that are interested in playing and performing Jazz music in a group setting. JAE is an excellent opportunity for young musicians who have never improvised or created a solo or those who are in the formative stages of developing their improvisational skills.
No Audition Required!
Rehearsal begins 9/19/17 at 5:45pm (bi-weekly) $275 per semester.
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