Jazz Festival


The 1.5 hour jazz workshop focuses on learning to improvise on standard jazz tunes. Both students and teachers who want to experience improvisation are invited to participate. Participants will all learn the same repertoire for the workshop so they have a baseline for learning improvisation techniques at the workshop. The workshop will be adapted to the skill level of the students who participate. Four pianos will be available at the workshop so participants can try out their improvisation skills in a combo setting.
Sat. Feb 9, 2019, 1-2:30 p.m. Location Jordon Kitts 8500 Lee Highway, Fairfax, VA 22031
Register via email to Katherine Niemann by Jan 15. Write a little about your experience learning the tunes and how you plan to play them or send a recorded sample of you playing them. Send one check per studio, payable to NVMTA to: Katherine Niemann, 4316 Still Meadow Rd., Fairfax, VA  22032
$20.00 per participant. All people attending, whether they have learned the tunes and want to participate in the workshop or whether they want to observe a demonstration of teaching improvisation are considered participants and will need to pay the fee. All fees are nonrefundable.
Katherine Niemann  katherine.niemann@gmail.com
The tune to learn is How High the Moon by Morgan Lewis. The tune follows a series of ii V7 I chord progressions with several key centers. To be prepared for the improvisation workshop, learn as much as you can of the tune by ear. There are many recordings on YouTube. I’ve included Manhattan Transfer because they stay pretty close to the original melody, an online tutorial, and some backing tracks to try out your improvisation. You’ll hear a lot of improvisational ideas on the melody itself as well as in the solos if you take the time to listen to several other different artists’ recordings on YouTube. Be able to play the melody and just roots or shell voicings as a piano solo by memory. If you can add in more chord tones, play the chords by themselves, play at different speeds, or improvise a little, that’s great too.
Participants come prepared with the tunes posted as repertoire for the workshop.  At the workshop they will learn improvisation techniques and try them out in the group setting. Those who want to perform their tunes with a jazz combo are invited to the eclectic jam session sponsored by Christian Perez at Epicure cafe on the 2nd Friday of each month to get the feel of what a jazz gig is like.
Contact Katherine if you need help with learning the tunes.