In our search for a venue that offers good listening and viewing, the JW board is moving the JW Jam to Festival Japan. Samantha Liu is excited to host the jam, and is working on an broader menu for the event. Having the jam there will complement the monthly jazz performances FJ has offered for several years. We hope you can all come out to our first jam in 2018 at the new location!
The board sincerely thanks Derek and the Black Irish Pub for their support in 2017.
Article Posted in Downbeat Magazine, Winter, 2018
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Jazzworks is pleased to announce that our roster of talented jazz musicians/educators are available to assist your combo with issues like:
For a fee of $110, split equally between your combo and JazzWorks, a faculty member of your choice will attend your rehearsal and give pointers for a maximum of 2 hours. To qualify for this split fee of $55, one of your combo members must be a Friend of JazzWorks or a full time student, otherwise the entire fee of $110 is the responsibility of the combo.
If you would like to take advantage of this amazing program, check out our mentorship page for registration and payment details. You may also contact Combo Mentorship Chair Ian Schwartz for more information.
Since my taking over the editorship at OJH following Betty Ann's leave, I have come to fully appreciate the depth of work, attention to detail, and ongoing pizzazz and humour she contributed every week for 6 years. OJH receives at least 10 emails per week with gig submissions, and many of those highlight several dates. Tracking these is a process, for sure.
In the past weeks I have looked for ways to streamline the process, and it is the JazzWorks Board's intention to seek a new volunteer editor, with their head in the world of jazz and their fingers firmly on a keyboard (computer, that is). If your interests lean in that direction, and you would like to make a strong contribution to our JazzWorks community, please contact me!
One of our new initiatives is to offer advertising opportunities within the newsletter. Proceeds from advertising will help us support expanding programming and scholarships. Wouldn't it be great, for example, to bring a whole combo of talented, young jazz musicians to camp? This along with two other adults who are studying music full time, or through financial duress just can't afford to come in any given year. Visit our scholarship page for more details.
You may be aware, as well, that it can be difficult to fully support programs (combo mentoring, jazz in the Schools, Sunday Mentored Jams, and workshops like the fabulous Megaband project led by Rob Frayne in spring 2016) through registration fees alone. Advertising revenue through OJH is a win-win: advertisers can access our list of 800+ subscribers, a targeted audience of jazz enthusiasts. And we can in turn use the revenue as stated above.
In the coming weeks we will launch our full campaign seeking advertisers, and this will be an ongoing program. Possibly comforting news to submitters is that we will NOT be monetizing submissions to the OJH, which are core to the Newsletter. What we do ask, and will monitor come October 1, 2016, is that you respect the need to simplify the process by using our contact forms for your submissions. There are two forms, one for venues like GigSpace, Festival Japan, Zolas etc who regularly support jazz music in the community, and one for musicians. Please visit out OJH contact page for all the details. Your feedback is also welcomed.
This week I will launch a new look and feel to enhance the effectiveness of display ads, especially, by simplifying the sidebar graphics. The top section of the right hand column will display JazzWorks' notices and events.
Thanks very much for your continued readership. As was evident at Jazz Camp 2016, our JazzWorks community grows stronger each year, helping to support and launch talented jazz musicians in our town and beyond!
Webmaster & JW Vice President (oh yeah, and interim OJH editor:)
We're looking for your Jazz Camp 2016 photos!
Again this year we are running our little contest to encourage you to send photos. Send 5 photos ONLY for each category:
Here are the steps to take:
A $25 gift certificate from one of our sponsors will be offered to the winner in each
of the 5 categories!
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We are also happy to receive your best group shots, either of your combo, masterclass, choir, or the whole darn gang!
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CONTEST ENDS SEPTEMBER 31. PRIZES WILL BE ANNOUNCED AT OUR OCTOBER JAM, FRIDAY OCTOBER 21.
One of my favorites, Garry Elliot in vocal masterclass, taken by myself (Mary Moore).
On behalf of the JazzWorks Scholarship Committee, we are pleased to announce our 2016 scholarship recipients.
Since it’s inception in 1994, JazzWorks has provided scholarships to enable promising high school jazz musicians to attend our three-day summer Jazz Workshop,”Jazz Camp”. Recipients are chosen in collaboration with the Capital Region MusicFest in Ottawa and the MusicFest National Festival each spring.
JazzWorks also offers 2 Memorial Fund scholarships. This year we are able to bring to camp two adult recipients, Andrew Turcotte under the Jerry Heath fund, and Orazio Fantini under the Alun Davies Scholarship fund. The fund allows up to two persons to come to camp who may not otherwise be able to do so in any given year.
Congratulations all, looking forward to seeing you at camp!
For more information on our scholarship programs, <click here>.
Creating jazz charts is often necessary to jazz vocalists, who rarely sing in the 'book' key. To look professional and build repertoire, charts are what it takes. And you have to provide charts for all instruments.
Or you may have a bent to compose music, or simply to provide charts for your band. Hiring others to do this for you can get pretty costly. This workshop, offered by the inimitable Betty Ann Bryanton, assisted by Mary Moore, will teach you how to create and transpose professional-looking charts quickly and easily in Finale; however, other options (including the free option, Musescore) will also be discussed.
If you have a laptop with Finale PrintMusic on it, by all means, bring it, and we can walk step-by-step together to use the software to do what you want to do.
The End Result
Not only will you feel good about advancing your own learning, but you should be proud you did this all on your own, and the receiving band mates getting your charts will be super-impressed with you – I’d say it’s win-win all around!
To preview the course outline <click here>
Only $5 payable at the door. A great investment! (And a great savings! We offered a similar workshop in 2013 and the cost was $25.)
See past, but still relevant, reasons for this workshop:
Submitted by Betty Ann Bryanton & Mary Moore
Mike Tremblay Mentored Jam a Success
A happy crowd of sixteen musicians gathered at Festival House on May 1 for a Jazzworks mentored jam session. Saxophonist and jazz teacher extraordinaire Mike Tremblay shepherded the flock masterfully, offering helpful feedback to all the participants. A nice balance of instruments and singers, horn and rhythm players, ensured that everyone had a chance to strut their stuff.
The mentored jams offer an opportunity for novice and experienced jammers not only to have fun playing, but also to benefit from the advice of seasoned, professional jazz musicians. The welcoming informal atmosphere encourages jammers to leave their fears at the door, and to experiment with new approaches to playing.
This was the final Jazzworks mentored jam session of the season. Regular (unmentored) jam sessions will continue on the third Friday of every month at the Georgetown Pub. That is except for August, when we will all be at Jazzcamp! The Sunday afternoon mentored sessions will resume in the fall.
Submitted by Mark Fried