This ensemble will focus on the repertoire from landmark Blue Note recordings of the late 1950s and early 1960s. Mullett states that this era represents for him, "the heartbeat of American jazz." The repertoire performed by this ensemble will include jazz standards and originals recorded by the bands of Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers, John Coltrane, Herbie Hancock, Cannonball Adderley, Horace Silver, Dexter Gordon, Freddie Hubbard, Lee Morgan, Hank Mobley and Wayne Shorter.
Ensembles and Music Classes
Blue Note Ensemble
Valley Rock Choir
Tony Lechner, has been conducting choirs in the Northampton Massachusetts region for over a decade under the auspices of Valley Jazz Choirs. He uses the VJC to rehearse his rock choir on Monday evenings at 7:00 PM. Contact Mr. Lechner directly for starting date and fee information. To register: email@example.com
Sign up or receive info: www.ValleyChoirs.com
Youth Jazz Ensemble and Improv Skills
For youth age 10 - 16 who are interested in adding improvisation to their musical toolbox. This ensemble will use simple tunes written by jazz masters Miles Davis, Horace Silver, Cannonball Adderley and others as vehicles for taking off. The tunes we will start with are simple melodies that encourage participants to want to delve deeper into the jazz repertoire.
The Soubrette Jazz Choir
Formerly called "Women's Harmony Jazz Choir"
The Soubrette* Jazz Choir is a vocal ensemble led by Anna Patton that works up intricate vocal arrangements of Swing, Jazz, and Blues, as well as songs in those idioms by contemporary composers. A Soubrette is an opera or musical theater term for the non-leading lady - usually more worldly, instrumental in the plot intrigue, and funnier than the lead. We tend to sing these kinds of songs.
Each semester we work up a short set of songs, culminating in two or three performances. We work on blend and precision in close harmonies, syncopated rhythms, and understanding chord progressions. We work mostly from written music and occasionally by ear. Recorded practice demos are available. While the choir is not auditioned, it is recommended for singers who like a challenge, read music, and have good ears.
The semester will end with performances in mid/late May and early June TBD.
To Register, or for questions about scholarship assistance, contact Ginger Morawski at firstname.lastname@example.org. For questions about Anna Patton's classes, contact the instructor directly: email@example.com. For all other inquiries contact Eugene Uman at firstname.lastname@example.org. For phone inquiries, 802 254 9088.
Latin Jazz Ensemble
Instructors Julian Gerstin (percussionist) and Eugene Uman (pianist, arranger) will help participants develop skills while playing music that uses specific rhythms as their basis.
For musicians who wish to learn and play jazz influenced by rhythms of Latin America. Emphasized styles include salsa, son, rumba, danzon, bolero and cha cha chá from Cuba (and Puerto Rico); cumbia, bambucco and porro from Colombia; bossa, samba, partido alto and samba reggae from Brazil.
The Vermont Jazz Center Sextet (full)
This group has evolved from a high-level class into a performing group with an outstanding and accessible repertoire. The ensemble is now looking for gigs in places where music can benefit others. Please call or email us if you would like to schedule a performance at a nursing home, school, correctional facility or other venue where we can bring joy and learning to the community.
Community Jam Sessions
All are invited to attend our Wednesday night jam community sessions which are held from 8:00 - 10:00 PM every week. All levels and all instruments are invited. A $3.00 donation is suggested for listeners and players. The jam sessions were especially important in past times for musicians to learn from each other and review the jazz repertoire. Today is no exception. A supportive environment prevails in order to encourage musicians who can, at a minimum, play through a melody. Most musicians also use the opportunity to explore their improvising "chops." Sessions are attended by a myriad of musicians from diverse backgrounds. High School and college students are especially urged to attend. This open jam at the Vermont Jazz Center has been taking place since 1997 and is a means for young and old to hone their skills together.
Check out the VJC's website at www.vtjazz.org and find class descriptions and further information on all the VJC's offerings. The phone number at the VJC is 802 254 9088 and leave a message for Ginger, or contact her directly at:
No one will be turned away due to lack of funds, please call to find out about the VJC's scholarship and extended payment options.
Latin and African Percussion and Rhythms
Gerstin offers an overview of percussion instruments from African and Latin America and includes active jamming using authentic rhythms. This class is a hands-on approach to learning and playing many instruments and styles, or, as the instructor says "more than bongo and cowbell." Gerstin has studied at the source - he is a musicologist who earned his doctorate immersing himself in the song/dance/drumming tradition of Martinique. A life-long student, Julian has studied with masters of disparate styles from West Africa, Cuba, Puerto Rico, Brazil and beyond, generously sharing what he has learned with his students. He will introduce participants to instruments from Ghana, Cuba, Brazil and Martinique, from drums of many kinds to bells, shakers, and scrapers. Participants will learn basic techniques and grooves for each instrument.
Individual instruction is the cornerstone of music education. The VJC offers private classes and referrals for a wide selection of instruments. Call the Jazz Center to set-up classes with a teacher who best meets your needs.
Lessons are by referral. Send an email to Eugene at email@example.com describing your musical experience so that he can match you with the best teacher.