4-5pm Virtual Jazz Combo

4-6pm Vocal Jazz Workshop

Clinic 1A- Monday, Aug 2, 1-2pm, “Understanding Chords, Chord Symbols and Their Related Scales”. Russ Miller, instructor


This clinic looks at how to decipher jazz nomenclature to determine what the chord symbols mean. This includes how to spell the chords, upper extensions, alterations, and how to apply related scales.


Clinic 1B- Monday, Aug 2, 1-2pm, “Approach Tones and Enclosures”. Vincent Chandler, instructor.


In jazz Improvisation the chord tones are the most important notes to target while moving through a harmonic progression. How you move to or around chord tones is accomplished by “Approach Tones and Enclosures.” This concept will help you gain control of the chromaticism found in Bebop and beyond. 


Clinic 2A- Monday, Aug 2, 1:15-2:15pm, “How to Listen to Jazz”. Tim Blackmon, instructor.


This clinic is a guided listening segment on how/what to listen for in jazz music. We will listen and actively discuss techniques for strengthening ear training.Perfect for beginners or 1st time jazz musicians. 


Clinic 2B- Monday, Aug 2, 1:15-2:15pm, “What Comes After Transcription”. Russ Miller, instructor.


Once the transcribed solo is completed what's next? The transcription itself is only the first step in getting the most out of the transcription. This will be an exploration of where to take the study of the transcription.


Clinic 3A- Monday, Aug 2, 2:30-3:30pm, “I Don’t Know to Improvise. What Do I Do?” Scott Cowan, instructor.


This clinic will examine friendly strategies to get you up and running with improvisation. Plenty of fundamental resources will be explored and demonstrated. 


Clinic 3B- Monday, Aug 2, 2:30-3:30pm, “The Minor ii-V-i”. James Hughes, instructor.


Untangle the dorian, harmonic, and melodic minor scales and smoothly navigate the changes in a minor key.


Clinic 1A- Tuesday, Aug 3, 12-1pm, “How to Use Triads in Jazz”. Tim Blackmon, instructor.


The triad is one of the fundamental building blocks of music. This class will demonstrate and inform the students how useful the triad can be when 1st learning to improvise.


Clinc 1B- Tuesday, Aug 3, 12-1pm, “Sing What you Play, Play What you Sing”. Russ Miller, instructor.


By singing jazz patterns, phrases and ideas, one can internalize the sounds of the music and make a direct connection to the instrument of choice leading to more fluent jazz improvisation.


Clinic 2A- Tuesday, Aug 3, 1:15-2:15pm, “Play Roots with Records”. Jordan Schug, instructor.


In this clinic you will learn how to easily find and play the root of the chord, and we'll play along with some classic jazz recordings.


Clinic 2B- Tuesday, Aug 3, 1:15-2:15pm, “Gold Mine- Effective Use of A Cappella Practicing for Maximum Improvisation Growth.” Scott Cowan, instructor.


Discover the secrets of unaccompanied practice (with metronome) and how this transparent setting can assist you in increased harmonic/time control. Select jazz master audio examples in a stop time and a cappella settings will be cited.


Clinic 3A- Tuesday, Aug 3, 2:30-3:30pm, “Preparing for Playing Jazz”. Russ Miller, instructor.


An introduction to the fundamentals necessary for playing jazz that should be internalized, including the use of scales, chords, intervals and patterns.


Clinic 3B- Tuesday, Aug 3, 2:30-3:30pm, “Using the Maj7(#5) Structure for Improvising”. Scott Gwinnell, instructor.


The Major7(#5) has a very recognizable structure of notes that can be used over various types of harmony. This clinic will explore ways to listen for and play this set of notes.


Clinic 1A- Wednesday, Aug 4, 12-1pm, “How to Sound Like a Jazz Musician”, Scott Cowan, instructor.


This clinic will investigate important packaging attributes that jazz musicians possess: swing sensibility, personal sound, melodic delivery, soulfulness and more. Select artists will be cited. 


Clinic 1B- Wednesday, Aug 4, 12-1pm, “The Sound of Bebop”. Tim Blackmon, instructor.


The class will focus on a quick overview of bebop harmonic techniques. Scale chord theory will be discussed as well as demonstrations on primary instruments and the piano in addition to recorded examples.


Clinic 2A- Wednesday, Aug 4, 1:15-2:15pm, “Scale Olympics”, James Hughes, instructor.


Get your scales together while developing solid technique and mental flexibility


clinic 2B- Wednesday, Aug. 4, 1:15-2:15pm, “Classic Jazz Licks”, Vincent Chandler, instructor.


In speech we often quote phrases from wise ones, like “Whatever Your Mind Can Conceive and Believe, it Can Achieve.”  Quotes enhance our understanding about life and we use them to communicate with one another. In the universal language of jazz, improvisational quotes are called “Licks.” In this clinic, I will share some of the classic licks that are used by the jazz community. 


Clinic 3A- Wednesday, Aug 4, 2:30-3:30pm, “Understanding ii-V-I’s”, Scott Gwinnell, instructor.


This chord progression, the ii-V-I is a staple of jazz tunes. This clinic will analyze and detail approaches to it.


Clinic 3B- Wednesday, Aug 4, 2:30-3:30pm, “Using Rhythm to Maximize Practice Results”. Jordan Schug, instructor.


This clinic will teach you ways to think about rhythm, that will improve your progress in the practice room, and in performance.


Clinic, 1A- Thursday, Aug 5, 12-1pm, “Jazz Ear Training”, Vincent Chandler, instructor.


Jazz is an aural tradition. There are many books and scores of jazz music, but one could not perform it authentically without having heard it. Transcribing is the key. This clinic will lay building blocks to support your future of imitating the innovators and masters of this great music.


Clinic 1B- Thursday, Aug 5, 12-1pm, “Advanced Rhythm-Based Improvisation”, Chuck Newsome, instructor.


A deep dive into applying polyrhythms to single note improv. We'll check out Tuplets vs. Hemiolas and work on applying them to create lines over changes--all while keeping track of the original harmonic rhythm.


Clinic 2A, Thursday, Aug 5, 1:15-2:15pm, “Beginning Rhythm-Based Improvisation”, Chuck Newsome, instructor.


The Duple and Triple Rhythm Trees, Using specific rhythms to develop spatial awareness (over chord changes/forms).

Clinic 2B, Thursday, Aug 5, 1:15-2:15pm, “Getting the Most Out of Your Transposition”. Chuck Newsome, instructor.


This class will dive into the transcription process and will feature demonstrations and key techniques for synthesis of Jazz language. Special attention will be focused on phrasing and harmonic devices. 


Clinic 3A, Thursday, Aug 5, 2:30-3:30pm, “Major Key Modes”. Jordan Schug, instructor.


This clinic will be on the roots and function of the modes coming from the major scale. Much improvisation can be attributed to modes.


Clinic 3B, Thursday, Aug 5, 2:30-3:30pm, “Static and Octatonic Structures.” Scott Cowan, instructor.


Discover how select jazz masters utilize 4-6 and 8 note structures in an exciting tension and release improvisational package. Cited artists: John Coltrane, Woody Shaw and Michael Brecker. 


Clinic 1A, Friday, Aug 6, 12-1pm, “Jazz Harmony: Searching for the IV Chord.” James Hughes, instructor, James Hughes.


This clinic teachers improvisers how to play notes associated with the IV chord.


Clinic 1B, Friday, Aug 6, 12-1pm, “Dominant Chord Scale Options”, Chuck Newsome, instructor.


This class will lay out all of the common Dominant Chord Scale options and explore A. the chord tones and extensions/alterations they imply and B. the most common harmonic contexts they are used in.  Although the options are vast, they are far from infinite. We will attempt to clear up any confusion and/or fill any holes in your understanding of Dominant Chord options.


Clinic 2A, Friday, Aug 6, 1:15-2:15pm, “Jazz Styles Analysis”, Vincent Chandler, instructor.


Jazz music is more than one hundred years old and has been rapidly changing every five to ten years since its conception. This clinic will explore the characteristic features and innovators of the evolution of Jazz Styles.


Clinic 2B, Friday, Aug 6, 1:15-2:15pm, “How to Make Music a Lifestyle”, Jordan Schug, instructor.


In this clinic we will look at some of the schedules of famous jazz musicians, compare it with our own, and share ideas about how to make music a bigger part of our daily lives.


Clinic 3A, Friday, Aug 6, 2:30-3:30pm, “The Mental Side of Music”. Chuck Newsome, instructor.


This seminar on managing your mental game will run as a guided discussion of what factors inside our brains hold us back and how we might overcome them. This will include topics such as performance anxiety and the mind/body balance, self-assessment vs. self-loathing, envisioning long-term goals that will not come to fruition immediately and breaking them up into smaller goals, among others.


Clinic 3B, Friday, Aug. 6, 2:30-3:30pm, “Quartal Harmony”. James Hughes, instructor.


Expand your approach to improv by reorganizing scales and chords into fourths.