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New York Jazz Workshop Open House This Sunday, March 2nd

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Marc Mommaas
To celebrate its new location at the esteemed Michiko Studios at 149 W 46th St. within mere steps of Times Square, the New York Jazz Workshop School of Music (NYJW) will be hosting an open house on March 2nd from 3 to 5pm for everyone and anyone who’s curious about joining a thriving, passionate community of musicians in the world capital of Jazz!

Expertly lead by renowned jazz educators and performers, the New York Jazz Workshop School of Music helps musicians of varying skill levels gain unmatched jazz knowledge and develop professional techniques through workshops, performances, summer intensive programs, and more.

Weekly workshops include:

Beginner to Intermediate Level

Jazz Improvisation and Theory – Saxophonist and NYJW co-founder Marc Mommaas provides students with the vocabulary and understanding of jazz music theory they need to begin improvising with conviction and musicianship.

Blues to Jazz Standards – One of the country’s foremost woodwind artists, Tim Price, introduces students to the world of improvisation through interplay in an ensemble setting. Students learn information about key jazz musicians and are introduced to methods on how to learn tunes and build up their repertoires.

Rhythmic Foundations – In this course, renowned New York jazz guitarist Miles Okazaki surveys the fundamentals of musical rhythm and time. Through examining examples from folkloric music from Africa, India, Europe, and several other world traditions, students gain a solid foundation in rhythmic concepts.

Let’s Sing – Jazz vocalist Olivia Foschi introduces students to vocal skills and techniques while singing a selection of jazz staples to help beginners enjoy and develop their singing voice.

Intermediate Level

Afro-Latin Improv – Grammy winner Doug Beavers introduces students to the powers of Latin rhythms and clave in improvisation.

Bebop – In this course, double bass musician and composer, Andrea Veneziani, introduces students to the root of modern jazz language. Born in the ’40s until the early ‘60s, students will explore the nature of bebop music through the analysis of compositions by major musicians of that era.

Jazz Standards – Lead by jazz guitarist Kenny Wessel, this course focuses on the blues form and AABA form through the exploration of compositions by Thelonious Monk, Charlie Parker, Charles Mingus and many other influential musicians.

Funk Fusion – In this course, double bass musician and composer Andrea Veneziani explores the repertoire of the many great Funk-Fusion bands of the 1970’s and 80’s. Students learn the importance of grooves, interplay, dynamics, improvisation and have the opportunity to improve overall skill levels in a collaborative environment.

Intermediate to Advanced Level

Big Band – Under the direction of New York trumpeter Ron Horton, players in this ensemble are exposed to some of the many different styles that big bands have covered from earlier decades to today. In this setting, players learn to work on the finer points of ensemble playing, such as phrasing, dynamics, sight reading, soloing with a big band, section playing, and more.

Guitar Ensemble – As an ensemble students learn important musical skills: playing as a section, blending, phrasing, time feel, soloing, comping, improvisation, and sight-reading. Lead by jazz guitarist Kenny Wessel, this ensemble will perform at jazz venues at NYC.

Woodwind Ensemble – Taught by John Sergenian, Bart Platteau, and Marc Mommaas, the Woodwind Ensemble is a great avenue to build technique, develop a full sound, improve reading skills, develop improvisation skills, and above all to have fun playing some amazing arrangements at jazz venues in NYC!

Jazz Vocal Workshop – Renowned jazz vocalist Fay Victor is truly inspiring. Come expand your voice through a focus on vocal styling, phrasing, repertoire, ear training, rhythmic diversity, improvisation, fundamentals of vocal technique/vocal health, diction, history, charts, as well as other subjects with intermediate to advanced level singers.

Advanced Level

Polyrhythm and Mixed Meter – Saxophonist and NYJW co-founder Marc Mommaas works through a variety of rhythmic principles inspired by today’s Jazz compositions and influenced by rhythmic concepts found in South Indian, North Indian and African music. Through focusing on accent points, groupings, mixed meter principles and polyrhythm, students write their own compositions using the rhythmic principles learned.

From Bebop to Hard-Bop – Students play in a jazz band under the direction of Mark Sherman, winner of “Rising Star Vibes” Downbeat Magazine Critics Poll 2007-2010 as he takes them on a musical journey spanning three decades from Bebop to Hard-Bop. This is the perfect class for students who are ready to play and get serious.

Modern Jazz Ensemble – Double bass musician and composer Andrea Veneziani explores the musical compositions of the most influential musicians of the Modern Jazz repertoire while creating a comfortable environment for his students to play and push their current abilities so that they grow as musicians and artists.

As a new year unfolds, come foster your passion or new-found interest for jazz with us! Whether you’re new to jazz or a serious musician, the New York Jazz Workshop has classes for everyone. Come by and enjoy music, food, drinks, and register for a workshop and we’ll waive your registration fees!

So what are you waiting for? Come tour our studios, speak with our instructors, and take your playing to the next level in the world capital of jazz at the New York Jazz Workshop School of Music!

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