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Explore the music of Jazz greats Duke Ellington, George Gershwin, and Cole Porter. Learn in-depth about this great music through ensemble workshops, listening sessions of classic recordings, and instructor demonstrations.

STANDARD: ELEMENTARY, LOWER/UPPER INTERMEDIATE, ADVANCED

Resident: £305 Non-Resident: £225 Code: 20/213

What is the course about?

Explore the music of Jazz greats Duke Ellington, George Gershwin, and Cole Porter. Students will have the opportunity to learn in-depth about this great music from course tutors Marco Marconi and Mark Wade. Marco Marconi is an award-wining pianist signed to 33 Jazz Records and Mark Wade was named one of the top bassists of 2016 and 2018 by Downbeat Magazine. Each tutor will share their unique perspective of this music with the students through ensemble workshops, listening sessions of classic recordings, and demonstrations by Marconi and Wade. Whether you are just starting out or have years of experience, this course will help increase your knowledge of these essential jazz composers and increase your ability to play this music with confidence. The course fee includes entry to the tutors' concert on the Monday evening.

Tutor websites: www.marcomarconi.com www.markwademusicny.com

What will we cover?

This course will introduce students to some of the famous and less discovered songs of Ellington, Gershwin, and Porter and use these songs as a means to develop each student’s style and knowledge as a jazz improviser and accompanist. 

What will we accomplish? By the end of this course you will be able to…

By the end of this course students will have a deeper understanding of the music of these great composers and have more confidence as a jazz improviser and ensemble player.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

Elementary, Lower/Upper Intermediate, Advanced

How will the course be taught, and will any preparation be required?

Students will play with one another in ensembles coached by the course tutors and will also have the opportunity to play directly with the tutors as well. In addition, there will be listening sessions of classic and modern recordings of this music to give students a wider perspective of how this music can be played. Students will also get a chance to hear the course tutors demonstrate examples of different ways to improvise over these songs.

Will music be provided in advance of the course?

Yes, it will be available on this website

Is there anything I need to bring?

Just bring your instrument.

What previous participants said about this course…

“The course was fun, relaxed and very friendly.”

“Marco is immensely knowledgeable and covered a lot of ground with a mixed group of instrumentalists who came from different backgrounds. Very enjoyable and caring approach - bringing all these diverse people together.”

“Marco is a very affable, energetic, knowledgeable, talented and enthusiastic tutor who really wants people to enjoy and learn from the course.”