For some time now Judy Humenick, JazzWorks executive director/producer and owner of Judith Humenick Productions, has traveled extensively in jazz circles, gaining expertise and friends in the broader world of jazz.
Judy met Vinx in Bremen, Germany last April (2014) at the Jazzahead! Conference and Jazz Trade Show. "I went to his showcase performances, where he performed a solo show... which was immediately followed by his funk trio, Jungle Funk... with Doug Wimbish and Will Calhoun.
"I thought he was wonderful... and the German and International audience loved him. I had a chance to speak with him later in the evening and mentioned JazzWorks (as I always do)," says Judy. "He loved the idea of a Camp focused on adult and community musicians."
Vinx teaches song writing and gives workshops at the Berklee Jazz College in Boston, and was planning the first Shire Vocal Summit to be held in Concord, Massachusetts in May. He invited Judy to be on a Panel of Artist Managers at the workshop. She accepted the invite, and drove to Concord for the 3 day event.
"It was a wonderful weekend", says Judy, "that had some similarities to what we do at our Camp...but this was just for singers and singer songwriters."
Vinx was very interested in what we do at the Jazz works Camp and said he wanted to make a contribution. He has played in Toronto, but never in Ottawa... so he offered to come to Ottawa, if we could a date, and do a concert with all the proceeds going to JazzWorks.
JazzWorks is excited to welcome Vinx for this 2-day event, starting with a concert at Zola's Restaurant in Bell's Corners, followed by an afternoon and an evening workshop. For all the details, and to register for any or all of these events <click here>.
Our first JazzWorks Sunday Jam was a happy success. Held at the Bluesfest Festival House, 450 Churchill, the facility was the ideal location for this event, with a nice, large stage area, drums and sound equipment on hand, and a comfortable seating area for audience.
At a cost of $5.00, the event offers a welcoming, mentored atmosphere to jazz musicians and vocalists seeking combo and performance experience.
We will post more when the reviews come in from moderator John Geggie - and encourage anyone who was there to post their comments here as well. Meanwhile, here are a few images from the event. Hope to see you all next month, February 8th, which will be hosted by Mike Tremblay.
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This photo is from the opening reception of the JEN (Jazz Education Network) Conference in San Diego, Jazzworks Executive Director Judy Humenick with Herbie Hancock, who is being Honored and is giving the Keynote Speech. Judy is the only Canadian member of the JEN Board. JEN gave JazzWorks a $300 grant recently toward our Camp from their Jazz2You Program.
JazzWorks is an Affliate Member of JEN, which means that Friends of JazzWorks can attend these conferences at a large discount. This year's Conference is in San Diego. “There are over 3000 people at the conference.. lot's info on the website. Herbie Hancock is the keynote speaker today. Some fabulous vocal jazz last night.” JEN's website is https://jazzednet.org.
Have fun, Judy!
"Since this is a new experience," says Jazzworks Artistic Director John Geggie, "I want to encourage everyone to embrace the unknown...this is a learning process and there simply won't be any wrong notes...simply excellent choices meant for another place or tune (like a jazz version of crossword puzzle or something like that)."
For this first session of three, John suggests, we will be concentrating on the basics so he has chosen some easy tunes that could work for singers and instrumentalists of all descriptions....how about two tunes as points of departure...Bag's Groove is a blues and I Got Rhythm (Gershwin).
"We can really get into these tunes (at least at the beginning), trying them at different tempi and styles and allowing as many people as possible the chance to experience them.
"These two tunes don't need to be the only things being played on the first session - just a way to get our musical jam feet wet (here is me messing up metaphors)...it might be helpful if you have a chance to check out some versions and take a look at the music ahead of time...but by all means, bring other tunes as well."
Here are some pdf links:
Bag's Groove in F Bag's Groove Bb Version Bag's Groove Eb Version
I Got Rhythm Concert Bb
I Got Rhythm chord charts only
One more I Got Rhythm in Bb
Please let us know if you have a better pdf version available, and we will post it.
For details <click here>
Hope to see many of you there....
Mary Moore (webmaster) for John Geggie