Requirements for this workshop
- Sight-reading ability a must.
- A positive attitude toward music and musicians, and a desire to have fun!
- Dedication to learning your parts.
- A desire to learn, to take advice and accept direction.
About the Big Band
Repertoire is similar to that of a college big band, ranging from old-time classics to contemporary big band pieces. Instrumentation will include saxophones, trumpets, trumpets, rhythm section (guitar, piano, bass, drums) and is dependent upon those applying and auditioning for spots. Contact NYJA if you have more questions.
About the conductor
Saxophonist, composer and arranger Javier Arau had an early start with big bands, cutting his teeth as a teenager in big bands led by Dizzy Gillespie, Bill Berry, and Louie Bellson. Over the years, he studied and worked with some of the most acclaimed big band conductors in jazz, including George Russell, Gunther Schuller, Maria Schneider and more. Javier was a member of the BMI Jazz Composers Workshops, where he studied under Vanguard Orchestra director Jim McNeely, and he was a protege of acclaimed arranger and composer Bob Brookmeyer. Arau has conducted big bands and orchestras across the country. Currently the program director of New York Jazz Academy, Arau is an acclaimed big band composer in his own right, with several pieces published by UNC Jazz Press and four Down Beat musician awards to his credit.
New York Jazz Academy is the fastest growing music school in New York City. With locations in Manhattan and Long Island, NYJA offers jazz band rehearsals, jam sessions, improv workshops, individualized lessons, and more to tots, kids, teens, and adults of all levels and backgrounds. Boasting a roster of many of the finest musicians and educators in NYC, students have a chance to learn all styles of jazz on virtually any instrument, including piano, guitar, drums, voice, saxophone, trumpet, and more. An active contributor to the cultural vitality of the city, NYJA also offers school outreach programs and assemblies, special performances, partnerships with major jazz clubs, custom workshops for out-of-town students, online classes, and educational consulting and publishing.