JAZZ - BLACKHEATH
Members contribute to each session by bringing along their own CDs and explaining why they have a special significance for them.
Leader: Mike Virgo
Dates: 29 Jan., 26 Feb., 25 Mar., 29 Apr.
Time: 2 – 4 p.m.
Venue: Private House, Blackheath
JAZZ - HITHER GREEN
Key changes in the Evolution of Jazz. please telephone the Tutor or Convenor (see programme for contact details) as to the venue.
Convenor: Gillian Riches
Tutor: Alex Riches
Dates: 8 Jan., 5 Feb., 4 Mar., 1 Apr.
Time: 2 – 4 p.m.
Venue: Private House, Hither Green
JAZZ at Hither Green, Alex Riches reports
Subjects touched on so far: jazz history, work songs, blues, gospel etc. The development of different styles from ragtime and swing to free jazz through instrumentation and the individual instrumentalist. Relationship between jazz and other popular idioms such as Broadway show music, much of this providing the basis for the jazz standard, jazz singers, ladies of jazz and jazz as popular music. How classical music and jazz may have influenced each other. The development of jazz in Britain, European jazz and the avant-garde which includes music like free jazz that some of us find difficult to listen to, these all remain areas for further exploration.
2011 Composers and arrangers
The rise of the big band and the key roll of the arranger composer and in particular collaborations like the following:
Oliver \ Armstrong, Henderson \ Redmond, Ellington \ Strayhorn, Basie \ Hefti. Kenton \ Rugulo, Gil Evans \ Miles Davis.
2012 to include key changes in jazz
Individuals who initiated changes in the way jazz was interpreted and played, how it was constructed and the way it sounded:
Morton, Armstrong, Redman, Henderson, Goodman, Ellington, Gil Evans, Kenton, Brubeck, John Lewis, Mulligan, Gillespie, Mingus, Monk etc
Those that influenced the way a particular instrument was played in technique style and sound:
Armstrong, Krupa, Parker, Tatum, Christian, Davis, Jimmy Smith, Milt Jackson etc.
Brits: Joe Harriott, Johnny Dankworth, Stan Tracy and John Surman
The themes are chosen to give us the scope to play almost anything we want to and so that every member whatever their interest can contribute.