JWA jazz combo at a performance

These are small-group band lessons that teach jazz improvisation and small-ensemble playing techniques in a band setting. Students learn as they play real jazz music in a band. Junior and introductory groups are suitable for people who haven’t played in a jazz ensemble or improvised before

What’s a ‘combo’?

A jazz combo is a small band, of up to ten musicians. It is really a flexible “combination” of instruments.

There are groups for all ages and levels, on Saturdays and mid-week.

Places are limited to eight people per band. A combo can involve any “combination” of instruments, there are no set parts. All combos besides the introductory adult course are by audition/assessment to ensure students are placed in the right group for them.

JWA Academy Combos (audition only) & Adult Combo II (audition only) $737/ semester (18 sessions plus concert).

Combo schedule 2019 Semester 1

Semester 1 is February 9 – June 29.

Monday:5 pmJunior (introductory)Juniors - 8 to 12 years
7 pmIntermediateadults 18+
7 pmIntermediate/advancedadults 18+
Wednesday:5:30 pmIntermediate/advancedteens
Thursday:5:30 pmIntermediate/advancedteens
Saturday:10:30 amAdvancedteens - young adult
12:30 pmNovicejuniors - 9 to 13 years
1:45 pmpre-advancedyoung teens
3:00 pmIntermediatejunior & teens
4:15 pmIntermediate/advancedjunior & teens
5:30 pmIntermediate/advancedjunior & teens

The groups are led by JWA principal Saul Richardson or Gavin Ahearn with occasional guest tutors. Contact us now to enrol.

What are the benefits of playing in a jazz combo?

The JWA combos are for students to learn and develop their playing in a small jazz ensemble, and improvising in a jazz idiom. It is also fun and quite different from normal school band. Here are some of the things playing in a combo helps:

  • Jazz improvisation, become a fluent player
  • sophisticated ensemble skills
  • learn how to play in a small group
  • develop initiative & leadership
  • fundamental performance skills
  • gain self – confidence
  • improve instrumental technique
  • teamwork
  • understanding of jazz theory
  • appreciation of jazz history and styles
  • aural skills and awareness
  • enjoy playing music!

Combos give 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.

Just as the kids who do swimming squad or little athletics always seem to win the races at school, kids who take combo and/or improvisations lessons tend to become the “star” jazz players at school, or just enjoy music more!

Contact us now to join a combo.