Two Courses in One!

Perform it:


We will teach you how to bring your songs to life!  This course is designed to take a song from your lessons or from the page and turn it into a full performance piece. We will teach you vocal and guitar technique as well as stage antics, talking on stage, how to get the nerves out and really enjoy the performance aspect of music. The students will also learn about singing harmonies along with the other artist in the course.  The new studios at Alcorn  Music allows us as to work on the performance aspect of music with open mic/coffee house performances after 3 weeks of classes.

Write it:

This course is designed to teach you all the means necessary to write your own music. It will study other famous writers and analyze their composition methods in order to apply them in our own writing classes. We will touch on finding the right key for you, how to choose chords, song structure and  how to write catchy melodies leaving the audience singing along and begging for more.  This class will work on the writing aspect as well as how to get your songs ready for stage and for recording.

By the end of this course, each student will have had the chance to perform one of their favourite songs and one of their own brand new pieces, and that's really bringing it from E chord to Encore!  

Start date: Wednesday, October 5, 2011
Time: Wednesdays, 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Dates: 8 weeks, from October 5, 2011 to November 23.
Instructor: Musicians/music educators/songwriters and performance pros from Bluestone Band: Angelina Hunter and Ben Russell
Cost: $275.00 (non-refundable)
Pre-requisite: Singing experience required: for example, singing a song from beginning to end with good pitch. Accompanying yourself is an asset but not mandatory.
Maximum participants: 10
Age: 12 and up

To register: phone 613-729-0693 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Location: 953 Gladstone Ave. @ Loretta (Little Italy area, a few blocks west of Preston Street) NOTE new location!
Note: This is a "less Scent" class we ask all participants to avoid wearing perfume, body spray or cologne.

www.alcornmusicstudios.com

First and third Thursdays of the month, 8 to 9:30 p.m. (singer sign-up begins at 7:45)
Cover: $5

Do you love karaoke or group singalongs? Standard/classic pop, rock, Motown, blues, folk, or show tunes? Then try Live Piano Karaoke with Elise Letourneau.

Bring along lyric sheets or sheet music of your favourite classic, well-known songs and we'll play them in your best key. Or, using your digital device and our iPad we'll pull down lyrics from the internet on the spot, so they are right in front of us.

We'll have a microphone set up. You can sing with or without it. Sing solo, or duet with a friend, or lead the gang in a sing-along of a well-known tune. We'll cheer you on! And we'll start each time with a group sing-in and a selection from Elise, so the ice will already be broken for you. If you've got questions about whether a tune you'd like to choose will work out, please email Elise at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. But feel free tojust surprise us - as long as it's a well-known tune, chances are it will be a great choice. We also have fake books you can review; even if we don't know a song well, we can read it from the sheet music.

Come sing and meet others who love to sing. It's not like choir, and it's not like a voice lesson, but you'll have a chance to sing with a live pianist hear lots of songs - it's a low-key supportive atmosphere and it's in-the-moment and edgy and it's fun!!! And it's okay if you just want to come and listen too!

Note: This is a "less Scent" class we ask all participants to avoid wearing perfume, body spray or cologne.

GigSpace
Alcorn Music Studios NOTE new location!
953 Gladstone Ave. @ Loretta (Little Italy area, a few blocks west of Preston Street)
Ottawa
www.alcornmusicstudios.com

Every Monday night - 7 to 9 p.m.
Start date: Monday, October 17, 2011
Cost: $20 per session

Jazz guitarist and instructor Tim Bedner is starting a Jazz Jam Workshop. It is open to all instruments but you need to be at least an advanced beginner to be in the class. Basic instrument skills in reading and improvisation and standard jazz repertoire are prerequisites.

There will be guitar and bass amps, electronic piano, drums and music stands to use. Tim will also have handouts each week and will address musical concepts to help each musician in the group move forward in their playing and improvisation.

Interested musicians can contact Tim Bedner at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . You can join up or drop in.

More info: www.alcornmusicstudios.com/Courses.htm#Jazz%20Jam%20Workshop

You can also phone 613-729-0693 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Note: This is a "less Scent" class we ask all participants to avoid wearing perfume, body spray or cologne.

Alcorn Music Studios NOTE new location!
953 Gladstone Ave. @ Loretta (Little Italy area, a few blocks west of Preston Street)
Ottawa
www.alcornmusicstudios.com

Saturday, November 19 - 1 to 3 p.m.
Tickets: $20, $15 for students

Join these two guitar masters for an afternoon workshop exploring and discussing jazz guitar, improv, chord development, and creating solos.

To reserve a space, phone 613-729-0693 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Juris and Ellias will be performing at Café Paradiso on November 18 and 19.

GigSpace
Alcorn Music Studios NOTE new location!
953 Gladstone Ave. @ Loretta (Little Italy area, one block west of Preston Street)
Ottawa
www.alcornmusicstudios.com

www.gigspaceottawa.com

Saturday, January 21, 2012 - 11 to 3 p.m.
Tickets: Vocal participation: $50  (limit of 10), Masterclass audit: $20

Vocal Masterclass: Getting Your Jazz Act Together - How to prepare yourself for performances.
With Sheila Jordan
Hosted by Elise Letourneau

To register, phone 613-729-0693 and pay by credit card, or drop into Alcorn Music Studios to register and pay cash, debit, cheque or credit card. For more info: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Participants: please bring a prepared piece of music, water, a recorder or pen/paper for taking notes. Note: This is a "less scent" class, please avoid perfumes, body sprays or cologne.

Sheila Jordan will be performing at Café Paradiso on January 20 and 21, 2012.

About Sheila Jordan

Sheila Jordan received the Jazz Masters Award 2012 from the National Endowment for the Arts – the highest honor in jazz music in America. She is not only one of the premier singers in jazz, but she is known for her stimulating vocal workshops as well. A superb scat singer, she can just as easily reach the emotional depths of a ballad. Whether singing well-known standards or original material, she makes it all sound like no one else.

Jordan, née Dawson, grew up in Pennsylvania's coal mining country with her grandparents, singing in school and on amateur radio shows. In the early 1940s, she returned to live with her mother in Detroit, where she became interested in jazz after hearing a Charlie Parker recording. She met some of Detroit's young musicians during that time, such as Tommy Flanagan, Kenny Burrell, and Barry Harris. She then joined a vocal trio, Skeeter, Mitch, and Jean, which performed versions of Parker's and others' bebop solos in a manner akin to later vocal jazz trio Lambert, Hendricks & Ross.

Upon moving to New York City in the early '50s, Jordan sang in clubs and at jam sessions with some of the city's jazz giants, including Charles Mingus, Herbie Nichols, and Parker. She also studied with the renowned Lennie Tristano. In 1952, she married Parker's pianist, Duke Jordan. Ten years later, she made her acclaimed first recording, showing her vocal finesse on a ten-plus minute version of "You Are My Sunshine" on George Russell's album The Outer View. Thanks to Russell, she released her first album, Portrait of Sheila, on Blue Note, the first female vocalist to record for the label.

In the mid-1960s, Jordan's work encompassed jazz liturgies sung in churches and extensive club performances. After touring and recording with trombonist Roswell Rudd in the 1970s, Jordan became a member of the Steve Kuhn Quartet alongside bassist Harvie S and drummer Bob Moses. By the late '70s, jazz audiences began to understand her uncompromising style and her popularity increased.

Her preference for bass and voice led to several collaborations with bassists, including Arild Andersen, Harvie S, and Cameron Brown. Jordan is the pioneer in bass/voice duo in jazz, starting in the early 1950s and continuing to the present.

In 1978, she began teaching at the City College of New York and has continued teaching jazz vocal workshops there until 2005. She is also a faculty member for Jazz in July at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and the Vermont Jazz Center in Brattleboro, Vermont, and conducts workshops internationally as well. The singer has received several honors, including the 2008 Mary Lou Williams Award for a Lifetime of Service to Jazz. Jordan still travels extensively – nationally and abroad – performing with her quartet and as a duo with Brown. www.sheilajordanjazz.com

Selected Discography:

  • Portrait of Sheila, Blue Note, 1962
  • Jazz Child, High Note, 1998
  • Little Song, High Note, 2002
  • Sheila Jordan/Cameron Brown, Celebration: Live at the Triad, High Note, 2004
  • Winter Sunshine: Live at Upstairs, Justin Time, 2008

GigSpace
Alcorn Music Studios NOTE new location!
953 Gladstone Ave. @ Loretta (Little Italy area, one block west of Preston Street)
Ottawa
www.alcornmusicstudios.com

www.gigspaceottawa.com

Saturday, March 24, 2012 - 1 to 3 p.m.
Tickets: $20 (Students $15)

“he’s a hell of a writer…and forget about the excellence of his musical ideas and his lyricism – just his touch on his instrument is exquisite.”
Katie Malloch, CBC Radio Jazzbeat

The Mike Rud Trio will give a concert that evening at GigSpace.

gigspaceottawa.com/mike-rud

www.mikerud.com/

Info and reservations: 613-729-0693 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

GigSpace
Alcorn Music Studios
953 Gladstone Ave. @ Loretta (Little Italy area, one block west of Preston Street)
Ottawa
www.alcornmusicstudios.com

www.gigspaceottawa.com

Saturday, May 26, 2012 - 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Tickets: $20 (Students $15)

Lorne Lofsky - Jazz Guitar workshop

Lorne Lofsky has been actively involved in the Canadian jazz scene for over twenty-five years. Some of his musical associations have included co-leading a quartet with the great guitarist Ed Bickert (Order of Canada) for eight years and playing with Oscar Peterson from 1994-1996.

Other people Lorne has played and/or recorded with include Rob McConnell, Chet Baker, Kirk Macdonald, Ray Brown, Niels Pedersen, Clark Terry, Benny Carter, Bill Mays, Ruby Braff and Guido Basso.  Lorne has taught on the faculty of York University for the last twenty-five years and also has an extensive private teaching practice, in addition to freelancing in the Toronto area.

www.lornelofsky.com

Info and reservations: 613-729-0693 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or or drop into GigSpace Monday thru Thursday 3 to 9 pm.   Tickets will  also be available at the door.

GigSpace
Alcorn Music Studios
953 Gladstone Ave. @ Loretta (Little Italy area, one block west of Preston Street)
Ottawa
www.alcornmusicstudios.com

www.gigspaceottawa.com

Saturday, June 21, 2012 - 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Tickets: $25 (at the door)

Jim will be talking about/breaking down his book The Essence of Jazz Drumming and explaining/demonstrating how it can benefit ALL musicians, not just drummers. However, he will also venture down many interesting roads depending on the audience feedback, questions and interest. All musicians welcome! Info and reservations: 613-729-0693 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Jim Blackley will also be offering private lessons on Friday, June 20. Price $100 for an hour. Please send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call Marilee Alcorn at 613-406-0693 to book a time.

Jim Blackley (www.jimblackley.com/): At 85 years young, Jim is one of the most sought after and respected drum teachers and authors in the music world today. Many of Canada's leading Jazz drummers have studied with Jim Blackley and he has undoubtedly had an important influence on Jazz drumming in this country.

His first publication, Syncopated Rolls for the Modern Drummer, has been called a "Musical Gem" by Elvin Jones. It has circled the world, embraced by teachers and musicians alike, and remained in print for over forty years. Jim's next masterwork, The Essence of Jazz Drumming, was proclaimed "Percussive Wisdom" by Down Beat magazine.

Jim lives and teaches in Barrie, Ontario, Canada, offering monthly sessions to Canadian students and 10 master classes to professional musicians from around the globe.

Jim's students have gone on to find success playing or recording with such world renowned artists as: Duke Ellington, Dizzie Gillespie, Count Basie, Woody Herman, Leonard Berstein, Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Herbie Hancock, Dexter Gordon, Oscar Peterson, Jim Hall, Clarke Terry, George Shearing, Frank Sinatra, Chick Corea, Mel Torme, Junior Mance, Joe Henderson, Zoot Sims, Kenny Wheeler, John Handy, Art Pepper, George Coleman, Herb Ellis, Fred Hersh, Norma Winstone, Sonny Rollins, Joe Williams, Helen Humes, George Benson, Charlie Hayden, Sonny Greenwhich, Diana Krall, Don Thompson, Ed Bickert, Paul McCartney, The Beatles, Mick Jagger, Brian Ferry, Elton John, Marvin Gaye, The Temptations, Todd Rundren, The Fifth Dimension, Linda Ronstadt, Hall and Oates, Elvis Costello, B.B. King, Diana Ross, The Supremes, Loreena McKennitt, Nellie Furtado, Michael Jackson, Quincy Jones, Gladys Knight, Roberta Flack, Smokey Robinson, The Four Tops and Patti Labelle, Sting, Feist, Peter Gabriel and Annie Lennox among others.

An excerpt from an Interview with Jim Blackley:
" . . .the important thing you must give the student is direction about understanding structure, listening to chord changes, listening to the bass line, how to play the time and punctuate the phrases - these are the things that the musical player must learn. It has nothing to do with playing the udiments. I could direct students into being outstanding jazz drummers without ever teaching one rudiment, yet I could cover everything that's being played in jazz, because everything develops from playing TIME. My whole concept is based on approaching everything from the TIME. All rhythms and figures are first developed as cymbal patterns. Students learn to hear the musical line, played over chord changes, the bass, and the melody line. And then, they learn how to take that single musical line and explore the total drumset.. They are playing musical lines, not rudiments!"

Read the full interview at gigspaceottawa.com/jim-blackley-masterclass-lessons

GigSpace
Alcorn Music Studios
953 Gladstone Ave. @ Loretta (Little Italy area, one block west of Preston Street)
Ottawa
www.alcornmusicstudios.com

www.gigspaceottawa.com

Thursday, October 18, 2012 - 7 to 10 p.m.
Cost: $30

Jazz singing: Where to start?
with jazz vocalist Nicole Ratté

You would like to have a general idea of what you need to know to sing jazz? This three-hour workshop is for you!

Every vocalist can sing a jazz standard. But having an understanding of how it works is another story. Musicians expect vocalists to be able to communicate what they want and speak the same language.

We will demystify a lot of jazz expressions, learn what is the structure of a jazz standard, what kind of intros and endings are best for a medium swing or a ballad or a Latin feel, how to count a tune according to the style, etc.  We will do some listening and some singing too!

This workshop is for:

  • Beginners or intermediate jazz singers who want to clarify some notions
  • Jazz camp participants or people who want to prepare for jazz camp
  • Experienced singers who want an introduction to jazz
  • Non-singers who want to know more about it to have a better listening experience.

Nicole Ratté has been teaching jazz workshops since 2004 and has prepared participants to jazz camp and jam sessions since then. More details about her at www.nicoleratte.com.

More info: www.vocaljazzworkshops.com. Or call 819 665-2906 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for information or to subscribe.

GigSpace
Alcorn Music Studios
953 Gladstone Ave. @ Loretta (Little Italy area, one block west of Preston Street)
Ottawa
www.alcornmusicstudios.com

www.gigspaceottawa.com

Saturday, March 16, 2013 - 2 to 4 p.m.
Tickets: $20

Elements of Solo Guitar Workshop

  • Paul Meyers - guitar

Hosted by Tim Bedner

“One of the most eloquent jazz guitarists since Kenny Burrell” - James Gavin, NY Times

“A virtuoso guitarist and improviser [who brings] his own voice to each and every melody and solo he performs…. his lines are delivered with a hard driving sense of groove that only helps to accentuate his melodic and harmonic vocabulary.” - Matthew Warnock, Just Jazz Guitar

“Paul Meyers is a guitarist’s guitarist. He displays a creative, fresh approach to harmonic and linear playing. He’s a brilliant soloist and accompanist and excels in contemporary jazz. His arranging and performances are as good as it gets." - Gene Bertoncini, solo jazz guitar master

Paul Meyers has gained a reputation for being one of the top jazz guitarists of our time. With an original technique on the classical guitar he has combined a deep understanding of the jazz tradition with strong influences of Brazilian, Latin and classical music to create a truly unique sound and concept. Paul has performed and recorded with an ever growing list af jazz greats – Geri Allen, Karrin Allyson, Kenny Barron, Bruce Barth, Ron Carter, Eliane Elias, Eddie Gomez, Bob Magnusson, Jovino Santos Neto and Annie Ross to name a few. He’s also toured for years with two of the greatest jazz singers ever – Jon Hendricks (to England France, Germany, Switzerland, Italy and the Netherlands) since 1993, and Andy Bey (to Brazil, Canada, England, Spain, Portugal, Macedonia and Greece) from 1997 to 2008. He also performed in Argentina while touring with the great vibraphonist Gary Burton, who recorded Paul’s tune "Panama" on his Reunion CD with Pat Metheny.

Paul has a number of critically acclaimed CDs – two new releases are World on a String, a quintet with rising stars Donny McCaslin and Helio Alves, featuring Paul’s original compositions and arrangements, and Paul Meyers Quartet featuring Frank Wess, a relaxed straight ahead session with the tenor and flute master. These follow two solo guitar CDs, Blues for the Millennium, with his unique arrangements of jazz and Brazilian tunes, four original pieces and his own transcriptions of 7 of Bela Bartok’s “Mikrokosmos”, and Dusk to Dawn, a collection of original arrangements of Ellington, Gershwin, Lennon/McCartney, Scott Joplin and more. Others include Brasil & Company, an all Brazilian CD with the great vocalist Vera Mara, and Euforia, an envelope pushing Latin Jazz trio with great Panamanian bassist/composer Santi Debriano and Brazilian drummer Vanderlei Pereira. Paul and Santi also reunited for a duo CD, Spirit and Samba. Earlier recordings include the unigue cello, bass and guitar ensemble Trio Concertant, first runner-up for best chamber music CD of 1992, and a jazz trio album, Blues for Henry Miller.

As a sideman Paul has contributed to many CDs, notably three with Andy Bey - the Grammy nominated American Song, Tuesdays in Chinatown and Shades of Bey. He toured with the great Argentinian pianist/composer Pablo Zeigler, who featured Paul along with Stephon Harris on the live CD Tango meets Jazz. Others include Hearts and Minds with Susannah McCorkle, 4 on 6 x 5 with the New York Jazz Guitar Ensemble and three Latin/Brazilian jazz recordings featuring all original music – Obeah with Santi Debriano, Utatuba with Kimson Plaut and Lucky with Hans Teuber.

www.paulmeyers.info

Tickets available at the door. Advance tickets available by calling 613-729-0693. Because of the limited space, advance ticket purchase strongly recommended.

Meyers will also be playing a concert that evening at GigSpace.

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