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Improve your playing and appreciation of jazz in a standard Big Band line-up, playing classic and contemporary arrangements. This course is designed for players at ABRSM Grade 7 level and above. Join in any term subject to audition.
As a member of the Morley Big Band, you will rehearse and work on a selected number of pieces chosen by the conductor. The course is designed to expose players to a very broad range of Jazz arrangements including classics from 30s, 40s, 50s and contemporary Jazz charts. As part of the class you will work on improving your sight-reading and your phrasing in the jazz idiom. Occasionally you will be working in sections. In order to ensure that you make the best possible progress on your course, you will have regular feedback from your tutor, in a constructive and supportive environment.
Grade 7 or above on chosen instrument.Members must be competent on their instruments and be able to read music to a good standard. Tutor approval is required prior to joining the Big Band; you may be invited to ‘sit-in’ with the Orchestra to assess your suitability.
Due to the nature of the instruments/content of the course you might be exposed to high volume levels. We strongly encourage everyone to bring a pair of ear plugs to every lesson.
A working instrument and in the case of brass a selection of mutes
This course is designed to accommodate students with mixed abilities and with different learning goals. Differentiation makes it possible for students to achieve results according to their expectations; therefore learners are encouraged to take the course more than once to improve different aspects of their playing. Students may wish to consider joining one of Morley’s Jazz Workshops, Jazz theory classes and Jazz History classes to consolidate their learning. Alternatively learners should consider one of our other ensembles. Ask your tutor for advice or contact the Music Department.