Engage The Arts – Engage Jazz

This October,the Pikes Peak region will celebrate Arts Month as a way to highlight the quality, diversity and value of arts & culture in our community.This will coincide with National Arts and Humanities month, observed every October through the US since 1993, to encourage Americans to explore art and enrich their lives.

Engage art this month! One great way is to engage the art of jazz at The Jazz Soiree October 10.

Must I dance?

No, you do not need to dance to have fun at Flutedaddy’s Dance Party!

Stepahnie Hancock at FluteDaddy's Dance PartyThis week I have heard from people asking about FluteDaddy’s Dance Party at Ivywild Sunday August 24 at 7:00 PM. They ask, “is this just for dancers? Do I need to dance?” No, you do not need to dance to have fun at Flutedaddy’s Dance Party! If you want to just listen and enjoy some great songs and good times memories this is for you too! It is a real treat to hear our vocalist Stephanie Hancock belting out a Stevie Wonder or Aretha Franklin tune. You will enjoy guitar solos by Alan Joseph and bass rips by Kim Stone and hot sax licks by Brad Eastin and more. This night will be a fun night. Come on down and listen or dance!

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Oscar Peterson On Piano Jazz

A Lesson In Jazz Piano Styling of The Masters From The Great Oscar Peterson

 

Great Songs At FluteDaddy’s Dance Party

Remember How Much Fun These Songs Are To Dance To?

FluteDaddy’s Dance Party (Online Discount Special Tickets Available)

Join us Sunday August 24, 7:00 PM for FluteDaddy’s Dance Party at Ivywild School, the historical school turned marketplace and brewery where neighbors and friends can enjoy local handmade cuisine, drinks, and art at 1604 S Cascade Ave.

A Hot Band

The band includes, Colorado jazz icon Alan Joseph on guitar, former Spyra Gyra and Rippingtons bassist Kim Stone, Lamont music school’s keyboard wizard David Hanson, local drum hero Stefan Flores, popular sax man Brad Eastin, Joseph “FluteDaddy Liberti and Denver’s vibrant jazz/soul vocalist Stephanie Hancock. 

Great Songs

Dance to the tunes of Stevie Wonder, Steely Dan, The Temptations and other pop artists plus Duke Ellington era swing and Herbie Hancock funk and some souls jazz from Horace Silver and others.

Discount Tickets: Individual tickets are $15 and you can buy them for less than $10 with our Online Discount Special.

The Art Of Jazz Seminars: A Profound Gas

The Art of Jazz “Jazzinars” at Bemis School of Art were a profound gas!

Peter Gunn albumWhen pianist composer Henry Mancini wrote music for the 1960’s Television detective series Peter Gunn, one of the songs was titled “Profound Gas.” (a very cool tune, by the way.) Back then, those who were hip described anything that was pleasing or exciting as “it’s a gas.” A profound gas then would be something exciting, deep and intense!

Our recent “The Art Of Jazz seminar series at Bemis School of Art! was definitely a profound gas and, Bemis has asked us to do another series starting October 1 . What made our “jazzinars” at Bemis exciting, deep and intense and why should you care?

As a music lover and supporter of jazz and the arts, you will be happy to know that our seminars are making a big difference. The Art Of Jazz launched it’s first “jazzinars” in 2011 with a purpose of attracting more people to jazz and to increasing people’s enjoyment of the art. Those sessions ran for a year and a half and were a fun success.  This year our seminar series became the first jazz appreciation course ever offered at Bemis School of Art. Here’s some highlights.:

  • Our pre-course survey indicated 50% of those that participated were “new to jazz” and the other half were “experienced jazz fans.”
  • Our post-course survey asked participants to rate their experience and results on a scale of 10 with 10 as very much or excellent.
  • Participants rated their seminar experience an average of 9.8 on a scale of 10.
  • Participants said that the degree to which the seminar increased their ability to enjoy jazz was an average 9.6 of 10.
  • Both newbies and experienced jazz fans reported greatly improved their enjoyment of jazz!

What made the learning experience so deep and satisfying was the use of streaming media with intimate conversation about the music and about ourselves. Participants all got a Spotify account and we used live streaming of Spotify in the classroom sessions. That enabled more personal learning assignments and gave us the the ability to listen together, stop to discuss and then restart.

When the participants attended the live Jazz Soirée that was part of the course they completed additional listening assignments which we discussed at the next class session. The conversations that triggered were profound!

On October 1 2014 TAOJ will start the next jazzinar series called Engage Jazz and it promises to transform your ability to enjoy jazz. Whether you are a newbie or an old pro please consider joking us for Engage Jazz.

What Makes Swing Swing?

What is Swing?

Swing, in jazz, has multiple meanings. The word refers both to a style of music and a musical technique.

Swing:  A style of music that was popular from roughly 1930 until around World War II. The music of the swing era, performed mostly by big bands, reached broad audiences over the radio, on records, and in dance halls nation wide. Here’s sample of big band swing by Count Basie:

Swing: A particular lilting rhythm that produces a propulsive feel or groove.
A song played so that it “swings” does not have equal emphasis on each beat. When “swinging it” players give some beats more weight and a little extra something: They demonstrate an ability to hit the beat early (anticipate) or late (lay back) and yet maintain the overall timing precisely. Players who “really swing” have a finely calibrated internal clock and great precision. When the members of the band are all doing this together the band really swings!

Defining Swing: You cannot always define Swing, something is either swingin’ or it ain’t…It’s the particular “feel” within the music.  Big bands, small bands and even individual players can make music swing. Musicians can choose to  play songs in straight rhythm or swing rhythm. Any song can be “swung” weather it is a slow ballad or up-tempo tune. A great example of a player who can swing almost anything is pianist Monty Alexander.

Jazz Standard: Jazz standards are musical compositions which are widely known, performed, and recorded by jazz musicians, and widely known by music fans.Not all jazz standards were written by jazz composers. Many are originally Tin Pan Alley popular songs, Broadway show tunes or songs from Hollywood musicals – the so-called Great American Songbook. The jazz standard repertoire has some overlap with blues and pop standards.

Elevate Your Listening – And a real piano!
July 12  at 8:00 PM The Jazz Soirée will present an interactive concert of jazz standards played in swing style. The concert is in the second floor Music Room at The Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center and we’ll be using the grand piano. (Yes, electric keyboards are fun and easy to transport but this is the real deal!)

The FluteDaddy quartet for this performance features a masterful rhythm section that really knows how to swing. Keyboard whiz David Hanson will be playing the grand piano, with classical/jazz bassist Marc Neihof and first call drummer and clinician Michael Marlier.

Come swing with us!

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Joseph Liberti

Make Mistakes – Be A Better Drummer

Mistakes Are Opportunities To Find Your Voice

I think I know a lot about mistakes because I have many years of experience making them.  Fortunately I also have a lifetime interest in learning and I’m willing to try new Ideas. Master drummer Paul Shaw recently shared an idea me about how to deal with mistakes in a new way.

Paul is conducting a clinic for drummers of all skill levels – from beginner to working pro -and the clinic is titled: “Paying Attention To The Mistakes: Practice Strategies for Developing Your Own Sound. I interviewed Paul and questioned him about mistakes. Paul answers my questions and talks about the clinic in the video below:

Are you are drummer? know one?

Do you play any other band instrument and want to lead or play better with a small ensemble? Or are you a music fan and want to increase your enjoyment by getter deeper into the art? Paul says,”Any one can benefit whether they are a beginner, a working pro or a music fan.”

Paul’s Drum Clinic and the interactive concert immediately following will be held August 9 at The Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center. Register for either Paul’s drum clinic or the “I Got Rhythm” concert for $20 and you get both.

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Flamenco Jazz?

You might call this music flamenco jazz or world jazz but whatever you call it you will find it delightful.

flamenco jazzTomorrow night, Thursday June 26 at 7:00 PM The Art of Jazz will host the award-winning San Franciso group  David Correa and CASCADA at Soirée Events 1003. S. Tejon Street, Colorado Springs. The group comes our way once a year. Treat yourself to some uniquely enjoyable sounds.

Video and tickets here.

 

 

Exploring Styles of Jazz

Who wants to explore the various styles of jazz?

70% of the people enrolled in The Art of Jazz Seminar Series that begins tonight at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, that’s who.

jazz stylesLooking at the pre-seminar survey answers is exciting.  60% of those who registered are brand new to jazz and about half the class is in the under 50 age group. It is great to see fresh interest from a broad demographic. They have asked questions like, “what makes jazz, jazz?” and How do I know what I’m listening to?”

We will be addressing those questions and we will focus on learning the “inner game” of jazz and listening in a new way. Using a combination of live and streaming music, learning activities and discussion we will explore styles and jazz and ways to engage jazz at a personal level. See: http://taoj.org/art-jazz-jazzinar-bemis-school-art/

I am proud to say the seminar, created in 2011 by The Art of Jazz is now offered by Bemis School of Art  If you want to have a great personal experience and transform your ability to enjoy music especially jazz, it’s not too late. You can register online or just walk in tonight and register at the door.

Come join us and jazz up your life!

Click here for course details and to enroll.