5220415 Jazz Week
Tutor: James Arben
Location: Uppingham School
This advanced music course gives older/more advanced students the chance to experience playing in a jazz Big Band.
What does the course offer?
Led by Musical Directors Josh Kemp and James Arben, supported by jazz professionals, soloists and music educationalists, the emphasis is on challenging young musicians to think creatively, improvising and working with like-minded youngsters to produce the tight ensemble required within Big Band jazz. Students do not need previous jazz experience, but should be grade 6 standard or above to get the most out of the course. In work such as improvisation and jazz combos, each individual musician will be assessed and placed in appropriate groups depending on experience, and even tentative improvisers will find confidence in the work undertaken. The ensemble work is based upon building a repertoire for performance, understanding jazz style, extending sight-reading skills and understanding jazz charts and chord books.
The Jazz Band will perform in front of an audience at a series of lunchtime concerts and evening gigs. The course runs parallel to Young Musicians’ Week, with students also performing in the final end of course concert and Hog Roast reception on Friday evening.
The daily programme
Morning rehearsals will concentrate on building a repertoire set, working as a whole band and also in sectionals with instrumental coaches. This will give a chance for the band’s sound to blend together and for players to become stylistically aware. Early afternoon sessions will work on smaller jazz combos and the art of improvisation in a series of workshops and masterclasses. In late afternoon, students will join up with Young Musicians Week for full orchestra or sax ensembles.
It is a demanding and exciting programme - but there is time to relax as well. Our experienced pastoral team will offer activities that will enable students to mix with friends on Young Musicians' Week, but will also tailor a social programme specific to older students.
We hope to match up students with the right parts within the band so each player is challenged yet inspired. If you are in doubt about whether you are the right standard or experience for the course, do get in touch with us and we can advise. Rehearsals will be rewarding, challenging and enhanced by coaches who, like our students, enjoy making music during the holidays. Our jazz professionals will be willing to give students sound advice on working successfully at jazz repertoire.
All participants must be at Grade 5 or above in their chosen instrument and play one of the following instruments:-
Double Bass or Bass Guitar
Course Specific Items to Bring to Uppingham
Please ensure that all clothing, instruments, cases, music stand, and all other equipment are CLEARLY MARKED WITH THE STUDENT'S NAME
- Instrument (with protective case if applicable)
- Spare reeds/strings and spike holders for cellos/double basses
- Music stand
- Notebook and pencil
- Concert Dress: Boys - white shirt, dark tie or school tie, black trousers, black socks and black or dark shoes
- Concert Dress: Grils -white blouse, black trousers or skirt, black or dark shoes
- Clothing - daytime clothing should be comfortable and casual.
- Non-residential students should bring a packed lunch each day. Squash and water will be provided at break times.
- Non-residential Students
- Residential Students
- There will be a 'Jazz Jam' in the Williams Studio at 7.00pm on Wednesday evening, and a jazz concert in Uppingham Parish Church at 1.20pm on Thursday lunchtime. Parents and friends are welcome to come along to these concerts, each of which will last about an hour.
- End of Course Concert on Friday starting at 5.00pm (concert dress required for this as above). This will last for just under 2 hours and Jazz Big Band participants will also play during the post-concert hog roast.
- Friends and relatives are invited to stay for a Hog Roast which takes place immediately after the Friday concert. Please note that tickets for this must be ordered in advance. Residential students will automatically be allocated a ticket for this which is free of charge.