Celebrating its 10th anniversary with 16 music programs and jazz camps for young adults and older musicians in New York City this summer
The New York Jazz Workshop® is celebrating its 10th anniversary with 16 music programs and jazz camps for young adults and older musicians in New York City this summer.
The program will launch with Marc Mommaas, the co-founder of the school who will be conducting the Summer Intensive in Jazz Improvisation on July 19-22. Musicians will sharpen their toolboxes broadening their musical vocabulary along with drummer Tony Moreno and vibraphonist Mark Sherman. This intensive will cover topics including ear training, rhythm, composition and more.
If percussion is a passion, there is a one-day West African/Djembe Intensive with Michael Markus on July 23 and a one-day Bata Intensive with David Ambrosioon July 25. These programs are open to beginner, intermediate and advanced musicians.
For Brazilian music lovers and practitioners, July 23-26 brings the Brazilian Music Intensive with pianist Vitor Goncalves and percussionist Vanderlei Pereira. During this intensive, students will learn about rhythms such as the choro, bossa nova, baiao, samba, maracatu and the xote.
Pianists, mark your calendars for July 30 to Aug. 1 for the Piano and Keyboard Intensive led by the world-class combo of pianists Amina Figarova, Frank Kimbrough and Jacob Sacks. They will cover topics such as reading, ear training, technique, solo piano, duo and sound.
Singers, the beginning of August boasts some incredible programs for vocalists of all levels. Olivia Foschi leads the Beginner's Vocal Intensive from Aug. 2-5. Topics include anatomy overview, breathing exercises, singing the major scale and melodies.
Aug. 6-8 features an Intermediate Vocal Intensive with Jocelyn Medina and guest Richard Boukas. Participants will learn about techniques for basic repertoire and are given vocal exercises based on their needs - styles will range from Jazz to Bossa Nova.
Aug. 9-12 brings forth the Vocal Intensive for Intermediate/Advanced students with vocalist Fay Victor. Students will learn about swing/time feel, breath and functional harmony as well as scatting and free improvisation.
World-renowned drummersDarrell Green, Tim Horner and Tony Morenohead up theAug. 13-15 Drums and Percussion Intensive. These musicians each have their own day to teach their unique concepts and approaches to rhythm, ear training and metric modulations.
Guitarists Kenny Wessel and Vic Juris cover topics such as chord voicing, improvisation and modal chord positions during their Aug. 16-19 four-day Jazz Guitar Intensive.
Trombonist Alan Ferber leads the Composition Intensive on Aug. 20. Students will listen and analyze classic examples from the jazz repertoire and use the insight gleaned from that to enrich their own compositions.
Ferber will be also teaching the Counterpoint and Arranging Intensives on Aug. 21 and 22. Counterpoint, a basic compositional aspect, is essential for deeper understanding of arranging and composition. The Aug. 22 arranging intensive will focus on big and small band writing, reharmonization, orchestration and writing.
Saxophonist Darius Jones and drummer Vito Lesczak lead the Jazz Improvisation Intensive from Aug. 23-26. The intensive covers many compositional styles plus ideas on melody, harmony and rhythm.
The Guitar Intensive on Aug. 27-29 is taught by Sebastian Noelle and Nate Radley, covering topics such as chord voicing, improvisation and modal chord positions.
To close, the Jazz Composition for Beginners Intensive will be led by Marc Mommaas and special guest trombonist Doug Beavers on Aug. 30-31. The intensive will also answer questions on how to avoid compositional ruts and cover form, melodic considerations and melodic rhythm.
About the New York Jazz Workshop
Located in the heart of Times Square, the New York Jazz Workshop is one of New York's premier educational institutions, providing courses in improvisation, harmony, rhythm, individual instruments and composition. In addition to educational programs, the New York Jazz Workshop offers team-building exercises for corporations looking for a new perspective on creativity and teamwork, resulting in renewed creativity in the workplace. Clients have included companies such as GE, SWISS RE and Thomson Reuters.