The Evolution of Miles Davis the Artist - Brandon Mitchell Miles Davis is widely known as one of the most successful jazz artists of all time. What many people do not know is how he helped to change the course of jazz 6 times. In this class, we will explore the characteristics and events in Miles Davis life that made him the artist that we know today. The class meets for 6 sessions (60min ea) on Zoom beginning Monday, January 18 at 7pm. The class fee is $125 In the Zone: Define Your Voice - Scott Sawyer Exploring the art of Improvisation via writing Composition can be viewed as Improvising slowed down to a dead stop. Everything comes from an idea; we'll work with smaller ideas utilizing melodic variation, phrasing, targeting, and pentatonics. Students will compose one or two contrafacts (or substitute an original tune for the 2nd contrafact). Weeks 1, 3, 5: we'll meet as a group for 90-minutes. Weeks 2, 4, 6: I'll meet with students 1-on-1 to review and discuss their work (to be submitted in advance). Zoom capabilities are necessary for the course; computer or tablet recommended. Maximum 5 students, all ages welcome. The class runs 6 weeks beginning Monday, January 25, 7pm. The class fee is $250.
Group Jazz Guitar: Harmony -Scott Sawyer Working with Voicings and Voice-Leading Working with Triads, Drop Voicings, Guide-tones with/without other notes, Quartal Harmony, and Oblique-Motion we'll explore various approaches to comping and working with the harmony. Templates will include rhythm changes, a blues form, and 3rd tune (tbd). Weeks 1, 3, 5: we'll meet as a group for 90-minutes. Weeks 2, 4, 6: I'll meet with students 1-on-1 to review and discuss their work (to be submitted in advance). Zoom capabilities are necessary for the course; computer or tablet recommended. Maximum 5 students, all ages welcome. The class will meet 6 weeks beginning Wednesday, January 27, 7pm. The class fee is $250.
Jazz Fundamentals IV - Dave Finucane In Fundamentals IV, students are assigned a jazz standard and a 4 part assignment. All students will be required to verbally recite the chord progression, write and play a one chorus bass line, play the melody from memory and take a one chorus solo all with a metronome. Students are required to record each assignment and will receive feedback and suggestions on each part. There is no Zoom meeting in this class. Students work at their own pace and interact individually with the teacher via email. The class will meet for 6 weeks beginning the week of January 18. The class fee is $250.
Conversations - Peter Burke Locavore Jazz Founder and hard core jazz enthusiast, Peter Burke converses with with some area musicians and frequent Sharp Nine performers. Catch up with Kate McGarry & Keith Ganz, Shana Tucker, Scott Sawyer, Al Strong and the new UNC Jazz professor, Rahsaan Barber. The hour long Zoom call will run 5 weeks on Tuesdays, 7pm beginning January 19. The fee is $50.
Drum Set Skills - Dan Davis Improve your drum set skills with a course designed specifically for you. Dan Davis will be leading a four week course that includes a weekly group zoom meeting as well as a weekly private lesson. Topics to be discussed include style analysis (jazz, latin, funk), listening skills development, technique and interdependence fundamentals, drumming history and whatever else that interests us ! The weekly private lesson will be customized to meet the needs of each individual. The course begins in early February and runs 4 weeks. The class fee is $180.
*** We understand how some students may be affected financially due to the virus. The DJW can offer financial support for anyone needing it, so let us know. We don’t want to turn anyone away from classes because of money.