The difficulty of the material and the amount covered will be dictated by the level of the group and is subject to change if the tutor feels that something else would be more appropriate and helpful, so this list may be updated. Of course there are many recorded examples of all of these tunes, but you should be very familiar with the particular recordings listed below before coming to each session.
Spring 2018 Repertoire...
15 Jan 2018 - Canteloupe Island from "Empyrean Isles" by Herbie Hancock - Click HERE to get it on iTunes
19 Feb 2018 - Elastic Rock from "Elastic Rock" by Nucleus - Click HERE to get it on iTunes
12 Mar 2018 - Boogie Stop Shuffle from "Ah Um" by Charles Mingus - Click HERE to get it on iTunes
Previous sessions have included the following repertoire...
All Blues - from "Kind of Blue" by Miles Davis
Centre Piece - from "Live in Bern" by Scott Hamilton with the Jeff Hamilton Trio
Señor Blues - from "Six Pieces of Silver" by Horace Silver
Better Get Hit In Your Soul - from "Ah Um" by Charles Mingus
Honeysuckle Rose - from "Satch Plays Fats" by Louis Armstrong
Mack The Knife - from "Record Flight" by Heads South
Sister Sadie - from "Blowin the Blues Away" by Horace Silver
Fungii Mama - from "The Thing To Do" by Blue Mitchell
Little Sunflower - from "Backlash" by Freddie Hubbard
Don't Get Around Much Anymore - from "Unforgettable" by Nat King Cole
Lester Leaps In - from "Desert Winds" by Illinois Jacquet
Morwa - from "Sounds From Exile" by Jonas Gwangwa
Autumn Leaves - from "Somethin' Else" by Cannonball Adderley
Blue Monk - from "Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers with Thelonious Monk"
Afro Blue - from "Mongo's Greatest Hits" by Mongo Santamaria
One Note Samba - from "Jazz Samba" by Stan Getz & Charlie Byrd
Jazz has been around for about 100 years and over that time it has evolved and is continuing to evolve. As each new generation came along with a new style of jazz, so they approached the music in new and radical ways. There are many different ways of playing jazz, each with its own sets of protocol and concepts according to each different style and individual approach. Thus, we need to be aware of the history and development of each different style and approach to jazz and understand the different concepts and how they work in context with the music and what the musicians were trying to do at the time. The concepts and musical devices that Louis Armstrong used for improvising were different to Dizzy Gillespie, and Dizzy Gillespie used different methods to Miles Davis, and so on. As the music evolved so did the methods and concepts for improvising on the music. This can be confusing for students of jazz who may have learned one thing from one teacher or workshop and then struggle to apply it in another situation, which may be out of context. Playing jazz standards from Real Book lead sheets can add to this confusion because they are by their very nature generic and not specific to any style. Of course, for the experienced jazz musician this can be beneficial and liberating as it enables the music to be played in any style. But for the jazz student this lack of context can be confusing as there is no protocol to guide them. Therefore, when learning it is extremely beneficial to focus on particular recordings, as they give a sense of time and place and context, which can guide the student when making artistic choices and deciding on what concepts and improvisational devices to employ.
jazz workshop repertoire