Adult combos

Groups for adults ages 18 +

 

In Semester 2, 2017 (starting August) we will have three combos for adults: an introductory course, an intermediate course, and an advanced group. Times and dates are still TBC. Check here for updates.

Adult Combo I   (introductory group): Postponed to 2018.

This is a 12-week course in Semester 2 followed by a concert performance:

  • Dates TBC, but due to start in August.
  • 12 sessions plus a final concert performance
  • Prerequisite: must be able to play your instrument with reasonable fluency. Not for complete beginners.

The tutor for semester 2 is Saul Richardson. It is a structured course including both normal rehearsing and learning standard jazz repertoire as well as instruction in jazz improvisation. Improvisation topics will include improvising in major & blues keys, minor keys, mixed key-centres, modal contexts, and possibly extending to simple “vertical” improvisation (playing through basic chord changes). If you’re not sure what any of that means, no problem: we’ll teach you. Each rehearsal will include plenty of playing.

  • Time: Time and dates TBC. Depends on a quorum.
  • Rehearsals: 12 + concert
  • Tutor: Saul Richardson
  • Venue: The Jazz Workshop, 1st floor, 58 Atchison St, St Leonards
  • Cost: $475.20 (including GST)

 

Adult Combo II (intermediate group). Postponed to 2018

This is a 12-week course followed by a concert performance:

  • Dates TBC, but due to start in August. Depends on a quorum.
  • 12 sessions plus a final concert performance
  • Prerequisite: Adult Combo I introductory course or audition.

The tutor for semester 2 is Saul Richardson. This is a structured course building on the fundamental skills developed in the introductory course, Adult Combo I. It includes both normal rehearsing and learning standard jazz repertoire as well as instruction in jazz improvisation. Improvisation topics will include improvising in tunes with multiple key centres and mixed key-centres, modal contexts, introduction to swing and Bop rhythmic vocabulary, and simple “vertical” improvisation (playing through basic chord changes). If you’re not sure what any of that means, you might be better off doing the introductory course. Each rehearsal will include plenty of playing.

  • Time: Time and dates TBC.
  • Rehearsals: 12 + concert
  • Tutor: Saul Richardson
  • Venue: The Jazz Workshop, 1st floor, 58 Atchison St, St Leonards
  • Cost: $475.20 (including GST)

Adult Advanced Combo

For more advanced students, the focus of this group is mostly on playing, but with instruction and advice on both improvisation and small-group playing techniques as well. This is an ongoing rehearsal group meeting throughout each Semester. Entry is by audition; the standard is high.

  • Time: Tuesdays 7pm.
  • Tutor: Saul Richardson
  • Rehearsals: 18 rehearsals /semester.
  • Cost: $698.50 /semester.

 

General information about the adult combos

The adult combos are for anyone over 18 who wants to learn how play in a jazz band, or further develop their skills, under the guidance of an expert jazz player and educator. As you play jazz standards you will learn about style, small ensemble playing, and improve your skills as an improviser.

A jazz combo is a small band, of up to ten musicians. It is really a flexible “combination” of instruments. Combo gives you the chance to apply and put into practice the work and theory you learn with your teacher, and really give your playing a boost. This is an excellent way to dramatically improve your skills on your instrument, and to boost your self confidence.

Places are limited. There will be three groups in Semester 2 (subject to numbers): one introductory, on intermediate, and one for more advanced players.

Contacts us now to enrol in Adult Combo.

(+61) 2 9966 5468