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OttawaJazzScene.ca is pleased to offer listings for jazz-related courses, workshops, clinics and mentoring opportunities as a free service to Ottawa-Gatineau jazz fans, teachers, and students.

Listings must be relevant to the Ottawa-Gatineau jazz scene in the sole judgement of the OJS editors. Please submit your listing in plain text only to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . MS Word documents and other proprietary file format attachments will be discarded unread.

JazzWorks Vocal Workshop with Sharada Banman at Bluesfest School of Music & Art

Sunday, April 12, 2015 - 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Cost: $105 (Friends of JazzWorks or full-time students); $135 otherwise

Have You ever Wanted to Learn to Sing Jazz?

Whether you are new to vocal jazz, or want to take your music to new heights of expression and musicality, JazzWorks is hosting a workshop series that is designed to help you achieve your goals. This comprehensive, hands-on series of workshops will be led by jazz vocalist Sharada Banman, who holds a Masters degree in music, is an educator in the vocal program at Vanier College in Montreal, and is a regular faculty member at JazzWorks.

In addition to touching on the fundamental and essential parts of jazz development, under Sharada’s professional coaching participants will work with accomplished accompanists in song presentation and performance.

The first day-long workshop in the series is Learning a New Tune in Your Personal Style. In the morning, participants will learn how to build a repertoire of tunes suited to them, how to create a binder with lead sheets in their key, critical listening and ear training exercises. A traditional masterclass will follow in the afternoon. Participants will sing in front of the group with accompanist Mark Ferguson on piano. Sharada will provide feedback on individual performances and make suggestions on how to improve the songs.

To register or for more information: www.jazzworkscanada.com or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Bluesfest School of Music & Art
450 Churchill Avenue (Westboro)
Ottawa

 

Carleton University Jazz Camp 2015

Tuesday, August 4 to Saturday, August 8, 2015
Cost: $565 (tax included) + optional accommodation
Carleton University Music students: $254.25 + optional accommodation

Students will participate in a variety of activities:

  • Big band ensembles
  • Jazz combos
  • Choir
  • Small vocal ensembles
  • Guitar ensembles
  • Jazz theory classes
  • Ear training sessions
  • Improvising classes
  • Jam sessions
  • Masterclasses

The 2015 instructors include Brian Barlow, Kevin Turcotte, Luis Denniz, Brian Browne, John Geggie, Steve Boudreau, Roddy Ellias, Dave Schroeder, Mike Essoudry, Mark Ferguson, Mike Tremblay, Tim Bedner, Elise Letourneau, Nick Dyson, Wayne Eagles, James McGowan, and James Wright.

Each evening, students will be treated to free concerts put on by the faculty and invited guests. These concerts start 7 p.m. are are held in the Kailash Mital Theatre. Ticket packages are available to the general public.

There will be a final student concert on the Saturday at 7 p.m. also in the Kailash Mital Theatre. Each ensemble from the camp will get a chance to perform for family, friends and the general public.

Information: www.cujazzcamp.ca/

Loeb Building and Kailash Mital Theatre
Carleton University
Ottawa, ON

 

JazzWorks 2015 Summer Jazz Workshop and Composers' Symposium

August 18 to 20, 2015 (Composers' Symposium)
Cost: $TBA, including accommodation and meals.

August 20 to 23, 2015 (Jazz Camp)
Tuition: $TBA. Accommodation/food charges are separate and range from TBA.

Ottawa JazzWorks 21st annual Summer Jazz Workshop will be held at CAMMAC Music Centre in Quebec (north of Hawkesbury). This unique 3-day weekend jazz workshop is an intensive learning opportunity for adult jazz musicians of all levels, beginner through professional, and advanced high school musicians.

Participants immerse themselves in a program that includes combo rehearsals, master classes, individual and group coaching, jazz history, improvisation classes, arranging and composition, and jam sessions.

Faculty include John Geggie (artistic director, bass), and others to be announced.

JazzWorks also offers an optional two-day Composer's Symposium or Independent Practice option for two days before the workshop.

All will give a public concert on Sunday, August 23 at 12:30 p.m. at CAMMAC.

Registration deadline: TBA

More info: www.jazzworkscanada.com
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613-523-0316

   

Jazz Improv for Everyone at Alcorn Music Studios

Saturday, July 5, 2014 - 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Saturday, July 12, 2014 - 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Cost for both sessions: $175

This workshop is designed for vocalists and instrumentalists who wish to understand basic improvisation skills and techniques. Using an organized system to clarify chord theory, basic rhythm counting, hearing the chord changes and keeping your place within the form, you’ll start building very important tools to improvise in any idiom.

The only instrument you will use in this class is your voice, even if you have never sung before. The ability to sing your ideas gives you a way to express them and make them yours, even if you haven’t worked them out on your regular instrument.

Instructor: Tim Bedner, an award winning music educator who presents a well-grounded class in a step-by-step manner designed for ease of understanding.

To register, call all 613-729-0693 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

More info: www.alcornmusicstudios.com/jazz-improv-everyone/

Alcorn Music Studios
953 Gladstone Avenue @ Loretta (Little Italy area, one block west of Preston Street)
Ottawa
613-729-0693


   

JazzWorks 2014 Summer Jazz Workshop and Composers' Symposium

August 19 to 20, 2014 (Composers' Symposium)
Cost: $330, including accommodation and meals.

August 21 to 24, 2014 (Jazz Camp)
Tuition: $395 before June 2, $420 from June 2 onwards. Accommodation/food charges are separate and range from $180 (camping) to $390.

Ottawa JazzWorks 21st annual Summer Jazz Workshop will be held at CAMMAC Music Centre in Quebec (north of Hawkesbury). This unique 3-day weekend jazz workshop is an intensive learning opportunity for adult jazz musicians of all levels, beginner through professional, and advanced high school musicians.

Participants immerse themselves in a program that includes combo rehearsals, master classes, individual and group coaching, jazz history, improvisation classes, arranging and composition, and jam sessions.

Faculty include John Geggie (artistic director, bass), Christine Duncan (vocals), Julie Michels (vocals), Kevin Barrett (guitar), Kim Ratcliffe (guitar), Garry Elliott (guitar), Jim Lewis (trumpet), Frank Lozano (saxophone), Rémi Bolduc (saxophone), Evan Cartwright (percussion), Nick Fraser (percussion), David Restivo (piano), Nancy Walker (piano), and Rob Frayne (composing and arranging).

JazzWorks also offers an optional two-day Composer's Symposium or Independent Practice option for two days before the workshop.

All will give a public concert on Sunday, August 24 at 12:30 p.m. at CAMMAC.

Registration deadline: July 15, 2014 

More info: www.jazzworkscanada.com
This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
613-523-0316

   

Carleton University Jazz Camp 2014

Thursday, August 21 to Monday, August 25, 2014
Cost: $565 (tax included) + optional accommodation
Carleton University Music students: $254.25 + optional accommodation

Students will participate in a variety of activities:

  • Big band ensembles
  • Jazz combos
  • Choir
  • Small vocal ensembles
  • Guitar ensembles
  • Jazz theory classes
  • Ear training sessions
  • Improvising classes
  • Jam sessions
  • Masterclasses

2014 instructors include David Liebman, Dave Young, Joe Sullivan, Richard Irwin,  Brian Browne, Mike Essoudry, Mark Ferguson, Mike Tremblay, Tim Bedner, Elise Letourneau, Nick Dyson, Wayne Eagles, James McGowan, and James Wright.

Each evening, students will be treated to free concerts put on by the faculty and invited guests. These concerts start 7 p.m. are are held in the Kailash Mital Theatre. Ticket packages are available to the general public.

There will be a final student concert on Monday August 25 at 7 p.m. also in the Kailash Mital Theatre. Each ensemble from the camp will get a chance to perform for family, friends and the general public.

Information: www.cujazzcamp.ca/

Loeb Building and Kailash Mital Theatre
Carleton University
Ottawa, ON

   

Ultimate Jazz Combo Workout at Arts Court

Saturday, April 26, 2014 - 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Cost: $95 (JazzWorks members); $125 (non-members)

Building on the success of our popular summer Jazz Camp, JazzWorks is pleased to announce our second annual one-day spring workshop, the Ultimate Jazz Combo Workout, organized by JazzWorks Artistic Director, John Geggie. This intensive, hands-on workshop focuses on how to get inside a tune: playing it in different styles, keys, and tempos.

Discover how tunes are constructed from a melodic and harmonic perspective in a fun and supportive atmosphere. In the process, you’ll get plenty of playing time with various group combinations, and feedback from the instructors:

  • guitarist Kevin Barrett
  • piano player Steve Boudreau
  • vocalist Sharada Banman and
  • trumpet player Jim Lewis,

all exceptional jazz musicians and educators. This workshop is open to musicians at all levels from beginner to advanced.

All instrumentalists will be required to bring their own instruments and gear. A PA will be provided for the vocalists in each combo. Music charts for practice purposes will be provided to registrants beforehand. To help with key changing strategies, additional keys can be supplied upon request.

To register or for more information: www.jazzworkscanada.com/ultimate-jazz-combo-workout.html

Arts Court
2 Daly Avenue, Ottawa
(Sandy Hill, just east of the Rideau Centre)

   

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