Improv Class

Meet new people while learning jazz in a group setting. Classes are great for beginner, intermediate, and advanced students with a minimum of 2-years experience.

Jazz Improv Classes for 2018/19

•    Jazz 101
•    Beginner Jazz Combo
•    Intermediate Jazz Combo

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Call 780-633-3725 to register


Jazz 101


Welcome to improvising! In this full year course, students will learn jazz improvising skills from the very basics to fitting in at any jam session.  The course has three major sections: In the first section, students will work on playing over the blues and simple diatonic tunes. In the second section, students will work on improvising over common jazz standards and progressions.  The third section will focus on learning to speak “jazz language” through building musical vocabulary.

Since jazz is an aural art form, participants will have the opportunity to listen to a variety of jazz music in this class, and learn to transcribe melodies and chord progressions.  This is a "hands-on" course, and much of the class time will be spent playing and workshopping jazz improvisation techniques.

A minimum of two years of experience on your instrument is required. Instructor: Dan Davis

Recommended materials:
Manuscript Paper and a pencil
Real Book, 6th edition
iReal Pro

Sat, Sep 22 – Jun 15
10:00 – 11:15 am
(no class Oct 6, Nov 10, Dec 22 – Jan 5, Feb 16, Mar 23, Apr 20, May 18)

Tuition: $800
(Two-semester payment option available. $425 per semester. Call 780-633-3725 for details)
Location: Alberta College Campus 10050 MacDonald Drive


Beginner Jazz Combo


Looking for more opportunities to play jazz? Join the Beginner Jazz Combo! The combo will work on tunes by Horace Silver, Miles Davis, Benny Golson, Jaco Pastorius, Duke Ellington, and many more. Students will learn melodies, come up with background figures and simple arrangements, and work on soloing skills. Students will have the opportunity to participate in concerts in January and June at the Conservatory of Music. Students must participate in the Beginner Jazz Combo before moving on to the Intermediate Jazz Combo unless given approval by the instructor, Dan Davis.

Recommended text:
The Real Book, 6th edition

Sat, Sep 22 – Jun 15
11:15 am – 12:30 pm
no class Oct 6, Nov 10, Dec 22 – Jan 5, Feb 16, Mar 23, Apr 20, May 18

Tuition: $800
(Two-semester payment option available. $425 per semester. Call 780-633-3725 for details)
Location: Alberta College Campus 10050 MacDonald Drive


Intermediate Jazz Combo
 

The Intermediate Jazz Combo provides musicians with some experience playing jazz the opportunity to further their improvisation skills.  Participants will play more challenging jazz standards and modern jazz tunes at various tempos to enhance their technique. Students will have the opportunity to participate in concerts in January and June at the Conservatory of Music.  Instructor: Dan Davis

Recommended text:
Real Book, 6th edition.
The Jazz Canvas

Sat, Sep 22 – Jun 15
1:00 – 2:15 pm
(no class Oct 6, Nov 10, Dec 22 – Jan 5, Feb 16, Mar 23, Apr 20, May 18)

Tuition: $800
(Two-semester payment option available. $425 per semester. Call 780-633-3725 for details)
Location: Alberta College Campus 10050 MacDonald Drive

To register call: 780-633-3725