Mayor Soglin Proclaims “Jazz Appreciation Month” in the City of Madison

19 Mar

City of Madison Mayor Paul Soglin, a great appreciator of the value of a vibrant live music scene to our community’s quality of life, has joined his peers around the country in proclaiming April as “Jazz Appreciation Month.” Here is the text of his proclamation.

WHEREAS, jazz is an original American art form that affirms the noblest aspirations of our national character, individual discipline, perseverance, and innovation; and

WHEREAS, jazz has produced some of America’s leading creative artists and ranks as one of America’s greatest exports to the world; and

WHEREAS, jazz has inspired dancers, choreographers, poets, novelists, filmmakers, classical composers, and musicians in many other kinds of music; and

WHEREAS, we honor and recognize the outstanding work that all jazz artists, educators, and enthusiasts present; and

WHEREAS, jazz has spoken eloquently of freedom for people in the United States and abroad, and has become an international language that bridges differences and brings people of all races, ages, and backgrounds together; and

WHEREAS the month of April was designated in 2001 as Jazz Appreciation Month by the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of American History to encourage communities around the United States to celebrate and pay tribute to jazz as both a living and historic musical art form; and

WHEREAS, members of the United States Conference of Mayors have participated in Jazz Appreciation Month for the past six years; and

WHEREAS a vibrant music scene contributes much to the economic health and high quality of life enjoyed by Madisonians; and

WHEREAS the Greater Madison Jazz Consortium was established in 2012 as a coalition of presenting organizations, educational institutions and programs, and supportive media that aims to strengthen our community’s jazz scene; and

WHEREAS the Jazz Consortium’s partner organizations will be staging a rich variety of public programs around the City during April 2014;

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Mayor of the City of Madison does hereby proclaim April 2014 as JAZZ APPRECIATION MONTH in the City of Madison and encourage Madisonians of all ages to visit http://www.greatermadisonjazzconsortium.org to learn about the concerts and educational programs being presented in our community during Jazz Appreciation Month.

Celebrate Jazz Appreciation Month with Live Music

9 Mar

Since 2001, the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History has been designating each April as Jazz Appreciation Month and calling on communities around the country to join the celebration. By far the best way to celebrate and appreciate the music is to hear and see it in person, and the Greater Madison Jazz Consortium’s partner organizations give our community many ways to do just that.

As it is just about every April, JAM’s big ticket in our community is Madison Jazz Society’s Capital City Jazz Fest at the Quality Inn in Fitchburg. This year’s 26th annual Fest runs from April 25-27, and several sessions are already sold out, so if its “early jazz” you like, get your tickets soon. http://www.madisonjazz.com/event/capital-city-jazz-fest-2014/

If you like your jazz “string style,” check out Madison Music Collective’s concert and workshop program with world-class violinist Christian Howes and his trio at the Brink Lounge on April 13th. The ticketed concert begins at 3:00 PM, and is followed by a free audience talk-back and play-along workshop at 6:00 PM. http://madisonmusiccollective.org/Events/ChristianHowes.shtml

Also, courtesy of the UW School of Music’s Jazz Studies Program, Mr. Howes will give a free public workshop at 1:00 PM at Mills Concert Hall on April 16th. http://www.music.wisc.edu/extensions/eventdetails.jsp?event_id=2869

Speaking of the UW, the School of Music’s fine student jazz ensembles give several public performances, starting with the UW Jazz Orchestra at Monona Terrace at 5:30 PM on April 2nd, the UW Black Music Ensemble in Morphy Recital Hall at 8:30 PM on April 17th, and the Blue Note and Contemporary Jazz Ensembles and Jazz Composers Septet at 7:30 PM in Morphy Hall April 22nd. Two other student groups, the Madison Memorial High School Jazz Band and Percussion Ensemble are in concert in the school’s auditorium at 7:30 PM on April 8th. http://www.music.wisc.edu/calendar?eventcategory_id=0&ensemble_id=0&faculty_id=0&month=4&year=2014

As they do every month, students and other emerging musicians of all ages get a chance to build their improvising skills in public, on the bandstand, with Madison Jazz Jam’s professional “house band” at The Fountain on State Street, from 4:00 – 7:00 PM, April 6th and April 20th. http://madisonjazzjam.org/schedule/

Beyond the Jazz Consortium partners’ presentations, April brings two other special jazz programs to town. On Saturday, April 5th, at 8:00 PM, the Brink Lounge presents legendary bassist Eddie Gomez in concert with pianist Stefan Karlsson and our own Rodrigo Villanueva on drums. Then on Wednesday, April 16th, from 5:00 – 8:00 PM, it’s the annual Jazz at Five fundraiser, this year featuring performances by the Cliff Frederiksen Duo and the headliner, Twin Cities-based vocalist Debbie Duncan with the Lucas Koehler Trio.

And there’s plenty more live jazz in April at the gigs of our many fine local musicians. Check them out on the Madison Jazz Blog calendar’s daily listings.

The Jazz Consortium is Recruiting for a K-8 Guest Artist Program Coordinator

18 Dec

The Greater Madison Jazz Consortium is now hiring for another of its new part-time contracted positions: “K-8 Guest Artist Program Coordinator.” This position will work with school music teachers to bring working professional jazz musicians into local elementary and middle schools to enhance music instruction.

The description for this new position is presented below. Please note that the qualifications listed represent the attributes of the “ideal candidate,” while the applicant we hire will be the one having the best mix of these attributes.

To apply, please submit (a) a professional resume and (b) a 1-2 page narrative describing how your background and experience align well with the “primary qualifications” listed in the position description. Please submit your resume and narrative as email attachments, to hlandsman@tds.net. The deadline for receipt of applications is day’s end Sunday, January 26, 2014. (If you applied for one of the Jazz Consortium’s previously-announced Program Coordinator positions, you need not re-submit your resume.)

Applicants for these positions will be screened by Consortium board members, and finalists will be invited to an interview. We plan to hold interviews the morning of Tuesday, 2/4/14, to make our hiring decision at the Consortium’s 2/11/14 Board meeting, and to have the Program Coordinator’s work begin no later than 3/1/14.

If you have questions or would like more information about these job opportunities, please email hlandsman@tds.net. Thanks for your consideration.

Howard Landsman, Chairman
Greater Madison Jazz Consortium

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POSITION DESCRIPTION: K-8 GUEST ARTIST PROGRAM COORDINATOR

Legal Status: The K-8 Guest Artist Program Coordinator will be a contractor (not an employee) of the Greater Madison Jazz Consortium (GMJC).

Term: March 1, 2014 – September 30, 2014, with the potential for extension

Compensation: $20/hour, up to a maximum of $4,000

Work Hours: Hours are capped at 200 for the term of this agreement, but may be increased upon mutual agreement between GMJC and the K-8 Guest Artist Program Coordinator. The number of work hours will likely vary from week to week, depending on workload and other relevant considerations.

Supervision: The K-8 Guest Artist Program Coordinator will be supervised by the Chair of the GMJC Board of Directors (currently Howard Landsman).

Goal: The K-8 Guest Artist Program Coordinator will provide leadership for GMJC’s pursuit of the following goals:

• Cultivating the next generation of jazz musicians and appreciators
• Creating a more supportive economic climate for our community’s jazz musicians
• Expanding and diversifying the local jazz audience

Scope of Services: The work of the K-8 Guest Artist Program Coordinator will focus on, but not be limited to, the following duties.

• Identify capable professional jazz musicians who are interested in serving as guest artists in local K-8 schools, e.g., via artist residencies, teacher mentoring, performances with student ensembles, etc.
• Examine existing successful model guest artist programs, e.g., programs of the Jazz Institute of Chicago.
• Recruit a team of music teachers (Educator Advisory Group) to serve as consultants that advise on development of the K-8 Guest Artist Program.
• Develop a multi-year Guest Artist Program plan, including the process for recruiting schools interested in hosting the Guest Artist programs.
• Collaborate with school staff and participating musicians to design each school-specific program.
• Oversee and support implementation of the Guest Artist program by school staff and the participating musicians.
• Manage the funds available to support start-up of this initiative.
• Complement, and assist as needed with, the work of other GMJC Program Coordinators and the Administrative Coordinator.
• Collaborate with GMJC’s Fund Development Consultant to identify sources of sustaining support for the new initiatives for which the K-8 Guest Artist Program Coordinator has lead responsibility.

Primary Qualifications: The ideal candidate will possess the following characteristics.

• Successful experience as a music teacher in a school setting, esp. a public elementary or middle school
• Successful experience as a working jazz musician who has conducted in-school jazz programming
• Successful program development experience, especially in a school or other youth-serving program setting
• Self-starter with demonstrated ability to take the initiative and work well independently under board oversight and guidance
• Excellent communication skills
• Demonstrated ability to work well in a team setting, including the ability to establish and maintain healthy and productive working relationships among group members and the ability to guide the group toward consensus about and achievement of a clear course of action
• Demonstrated ability to successfully manage a budget
• Commitment to the project through the end of the current grant period (i.e., at least through September 2014)

Jazz Consortium Hires Nick Moran and Susan Fox as Program Coordinators

15 Dec

The Greater Madison Jazz Consortium is delighted to announce the hiring of one of our jazz community’s leaders, bassist Nick Moran. Nick will serve as the Consortium’s Program Coordinator for Musician-Led Project Development. In this position, he will work with key stakeholders (including the Consortium’s soon-to-be-recruited Musicians Advisory Team) to develop practical projects that have a good chance of improving the economic conditions of our local working jazz musicians and that can be implemented in the coming year.

The Consortium is also happy to announce the hiring of Susan Fox to serve as Program Coordinator for Nonprofit Partnerships. Susan will bring her extensive experience in the nonprofit performing arts sector, both in Madison and Chicago, to the task of embedding jazz into the cultural programming of our community’s nonprofit organizations, especially those serving youth and persons of color of all ages.

Please join us in congratulating and supporting Nick and Susan as we move forward to shape these new initiatives.

The Jazz Consortium is Hiring Again: Application Deadline is December 29, 2013

6 Dec

The Greater Madison Jazz Consortium is now hiring for another of its new part-time contracted positions: “Program Coordinator for Venue Development.” This position will lead the Consortium’s efforts to create a wider array of local venues that present live jazz in settings that are good for listening and that pay better fees to the performers. This could include establishment of new venues as well as enhancements to venues that already present live jazz.

The description for this new position is presented below. Please note that the qualifications listed represent the attributes of the “ideal candidate,” while the applicant we hire will be the one having the best mix of these attributes.

To apply, please submit (a) a professional resume and (b) a 1-2 page narrative describing how your background and experience align well with the “primary qualifications” listed in the position description. Please submit your resume and narrative as email attachments, to hlandsman@tds.net. The deadline for receipt of applications is day’s end Sunday, December 29, 2013. (If you applied for one of the Jazz Consortium’s previously-announced Program Coordinator positions, you need not re-submit your resume.)

Applicants for these positions will be screened by Consortium board members, and finalists will be invited to an interview. We hope to hold interviews during the week of 1/6/14, to make our hiring decisions at the Consortium’s 1/14/14 Board meeting, and to have the Program Coordinator’s work begin by 2/1/14.

If you have questions or would like more information about these opportunities, please email hlandsman@tds.net. Thanks for your consideration.

Howard Landsman, Chairman
Greater Madison Jazz Consortium

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POSITION DESCRIPTION: PROGRAM COORDINATOR FOR VENUE DEVELOPMENT

Legal Status: The Program Coordinator for Venue Development will be a contractor (not an employee) of the Greater Madison Jazz Consortium (GMJC).

Term: February 1, 2014 – September 30, 2014, with the potential for extension

Compensation: $20/hour, up to a maximum of $4,500

Work Hours: Hours are capped at 225 for the term of this agreement, but may be increased upon mutual agreement between GMJC and the Program Coordinator for Venue Development. The number of work hours will likely vary from week to week, depending on workload and other relevant considerations.

Accountability: The Program Coordinator for Venue Development will be accountable to the GMJC Board of Directors. His/her primary contact will be the Board Chairman, currently Howard Landsman.

Goal: The Program Coordinator for Venue Development will provide leadership for GMJC’s pursuit of the following goal: Creating a more supportive economic climate for our community’s jazz musicians.

Scope of Services: The work of the Program Coordinator for Venue Development will focus on, but not be limited to, the following duties.

• Identify prospective new venues for live jazz performances in the Greater Madison area, including but not limited to new and existing performance spaces and private homes.
• Identify opportunities to expand upon the jazz programming currently provided by existing venues.
• Guide the feasibility assessment(s) that identify(ies) the most promising opportunities for further venue development including determining the steps and resources needed to implement or expand live jazz programming at these venues and engaging GMJC’s Musician Advisory Team in the feasibility assessment process .
• Support the venue managers in establishing their venue as a site for live jazz programming, or further developing their current jazz programming, to maximize the chances of successful implementation.
• Manage the funds available to support start-up/expansion of jazz programming at these venues.
• Complement, and assist as needed, the work of other GMJC Program Coordinators (including Musician-Led Project Development, Nonprofit Partnerships, and K-12 Guest Artist) and the Administrative Coordinator.
• Collaborate with GMJC’s Fund Development Consultant to identify sources of sustaining support for the new initiatives for which the Program Coordinator for Venue Development has lead responsibility.

Primary Qualifications: The ideal candidate will possess the following characteristics.

• Love for jazz music
• Familiarity with the local jazz scene, including programming in live music venues in Dane County
• Self-starter with demonstrated ability to take the initiative and work well independently under board oversight and guidance
• Excellent communication skills
• Experience successfully producing music or other performing arts programs/events
• Experience working successfully with commercial music venue owners/managers or other small businesses
• Demonstrated ability to work well in a team setting, including the ability to establish and maintain healthy and productive working relationships among group members and the ability to guide the group toward consensus about and achievement of a clear course of action
• Demonstrated ability to successfully manage a budget
• Commitment to the project through the end of the current grant period (i.e., at least through September 2014)

The Jazz Consortium is Hiring: Application Deadline is November 8, 2013

16 Oct

With a grant from the John and Carolyn Peterson Charitable Foundation, the Greater Madison Jazz Consortium has created part-time contracted Program Coordinator positions that will lead the planning and implementation of the Consortium’s next round of new initiatives aimed at strengthening our local jazz scene. Applications are now being accepted for two of these positions: “Program Coordinator for Musician-Led Project Development” and “Program Coordinator for Nonprofit Partnerships.” Descriptions for each position are presented immediately below.

If you’re interested in applying for one or both of these positions, please submit (a) a professional resume and (b) a 1-2 page narrative describing how your background and experience align well with the “primary qualifications” listed in the position description. Please submit your resume and narrative as email attachments, to hlandsman@tds.net. The deadline for receipt of applications is day’s end Friday, November 8, 2013. (If you’re applying for both positions, you may use a single resume but will need to provide a separate narrative for each position.)

Applicants for these positions will be screened by Consortium board members, and finalists will be invited to an interview. We hope to make our hiring decisions, and to have signed contracts with the chosen applicants, by the end of November, with work beginning in December.

If you have questions or would like more information about these opportunities, please email hlandsman@tds.net. Thanks for your consideration.

Howard Landsman, Chairman
Greater Madison Jazz Consortium

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PROGRAM COORDINATOR: MUSICIAN-LED PROJECT DEVELOPMENT

Legal Status: The Program Coordinator for Musician-Led Project Development will be a contractor (not an employee) of the Greater Madison Jazz Consortium (GMJC).

Term: December 1, 2013 – September 30, 2014, with the potential for extension

Compensation: $20/hour, up to a maximum of $5,000

Work Hours: Hours are capped at 250, but may be increased upon mutual agreement between GMJC and the Program Coordinator for Musician-Led Project Development. The number of work hours will likely vary from week to week, depending on workload and other relevant considerations.

Accountability: The Program Coordinator for Musician-Led Project Development will be accountable to the GMJC Board of Directors. His/her primary contact will be the Board Chairman, currently Howard Landsman.

Goal: The Program Coordinator for Musician-Led Project Development will provide leadership for GMJC’s pursuit of the following goal: Creating a more supportive economic climate for our community’s jazz musicians.

Scope of Services: The work of the Program Coordinator for Musician-Led Project Development will focus on, but not be limited to, the following duties.

• Recruit a stylistically diverse group of local working jazz musicians to form a pro bono advisory team (Musician Advisory Team) that will provide substantive direction for development and implementation of new initiatives aimed at creating a more supportive economic climate for our community’s jazz musicians.
• Guide the Musician Advisory Team through a review of the GMJC’s strategic planning interview and survey findings and through a brainstorming of ideas for promising new projects.
• Work with the Musician Advisory Team, venue owners, and other key parties to assess the feasibility of the most promising project ideas, and to select those that are ready for implementation in the near-term future (i.e., 2014 or soon thereafter).
• Guide, coordinate and support the implementation of the first set of new projects, and any necessary refinements needed to improve the chances of successful implementation.
• Manage the funds available to support implementation of these new projects.
• Complement, and assist as needed, the work of other GMJC Program Coordinators (for the Venue Development, Nonprofit Partnership, and K-12 Guest Artist Initiatives) and the Administrative Coordinator.
• Collaborate with GMJC’s Fund Development Consultant to identify sources of sustaining support for the new initiatives for which the Program Coordinator has lead responsibility.

Primary Qualifications: The ideal candidate will possess the following characteristics.

• Substantial experience as a working jazz musician, especially in the Greater Madison area
• Well-known and well-regarded among local working jazz musicians
• Well-organized self-starter with demonstrated ability to take the initiative and work well independently under board oversight and guidance
• Demonstrated ability to work well in a team setting, including the ability to establish and maintain healthy and productive working relationships among group members and the ability to guide the group toward consensus about and achievement of a clear course of action
• Demonstrated ability to successfully manage a budget
• Commitment to the position at least through the end of the current grant period (i.e., at least through September 2014)

PROGRAM COORDINATOR: NONPROFIT PARTNERSHIPS

Legal Status: The Program Coordinator for Nonprofit Partnerships will be a contractor (not an employee) of the Greater Madison Jazz Consortium (GMJC).

Term: December 1, 2013 – September 30, 2014, with the potential for extension

Compensation: $20/hour, up to a maximum of $5,000

Work Hours: Hours are capped at 250, but may be increased upon mutual agreement between GMJC and the Program Coordinator for Nonprofit Partnerships. The number of work hours will likely vary from week to week, depending on workload and other relevant considerations.

Accountability: The Program Coordinator for Musician-Led Project Development will be accountable to the GMJC Board of Directors. His/her primary contact will be the Board Chairman, currently Howard Landsman.

Goals: The Program Coordinator for Nonprofit Partnerships will provide leadership for GMJC’s pursuit of the following goals:

• Expanding and diversifying the local jazz audience
• Cultivating the next generation of jazz musicians and appreciators
• Creating a more supportive economic climate for our community’s jazz musicians

This work will focus on the engagement of youth and persons of color of all ages with jazz music through creation of partnerships with existing nonprofit organizations that primarily serve, and provide programming in the arts for, these target populations.

Scope of Services: The work of the Program Coordinator for Nonprofit Partnerships will focus on, but not be limited to, the following duties.

• Identify, and conduct initial consultations with, prospective nonprofit partners (esp. those already offering programs in the performing arts and other areas of cultural enrichment) and interested and capable local jazz musicians.
• Examine existing successful model programs.
• Develop and conduct the process for selecting the partner nonprofit(s).
• Develop the program design in consultation with the participating musicians and the key program staff from the selected nonprofit(s).
• Support program implementation.
• Manage the funds available to support start-up of these partnerships.
• Complement, and assist as needed, the work of other GMJC Program Coordinators (for the Venue Development, Musician-Led Project Development, and K-12 Guest Artist Initiatives) and the Administrative Coordinator.
• Collaborate with GMJC’s Fund Development Consultant to identify sources of sustaining support for the new initiatives for which the Program Coordinator for the Nonprofit Partnerships has lead responsibility.

Primary Qualifications: The ideal candidate will possess the following characteristics.

• Prior successful experience with programming in a nonprofit community-based organization setting
• Demonstrated ability to work well with people of color
• Experience as a working jazz musician and/or jazz educator, especially in the Greater Madison area
• Well-known and well-regarded among local working jazz musicians
• Well-organized self-starter with demonstrated ability to take the initiative and work well independently under board oversight and guidance
• Demonstrated ability to work well in a team setting, including the ability to establish and maintain healthy and productive working relationships among group members and the ability to guide the group toward consensus about and achievement of a clear course of action
• Demonstrated ability to successfully manage a budget
• Commitment to the position at least through the end of the current grant period (i.e., at least through September 2014)

Jazz Connections: A Professional Learning Day with the Jazz Institute of Chicago on Saturday, November 9th

16 Oct

Thanks to a grant from the John and Carolyn Peterson Charitable Foundation, the Greater Madison Jazz Consortium will present a free all-day professional development program for music educators on Saturday, November 9, 2013 at Madison East High School. This program is aimed at helping teachers (including pre-service teachers and teaching musicians) improve the quality of jazz education for our community’s K-12 students, and is being produced through a partnership between the Jazz Institute of Chicago and the Madison Metropolitan School District’s Fine Arts Division.

The program features a keynote address by Chicago-based Latin Grammy-nominated drummer/ percussionist Rubén Alvarez, break-out sessions led by top-flight presenters from the Jazz Institute’s outstanding “Jazz Links” peer professional development program, and a culminating performance and jam session with the Noteworthy Ensemble, a big band comprised of music teachers from Chicago Public Schools. The full schedule is presented below.

Participating teachers will have a chance to receive one of four $250 mini-grants to implement their professional learning, and Madison district teachers will be able to earn Professional Advancement Credit. Lunch will also be provided at no charge.

This outstanding program is open to any music educator or major jazz enthusiast, but pre-registration is required. To register, go to http://goo.gl/0t03d3.

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Jazz Connections
November 9, 2013
Madison East High School
2222 East Washington Avenue

8:00 – 8:45am
Registration

8:45 – 9:00am
Welcome by Greater Madison Jazz Consortium

9:00 – 10:15am
Keynote Presentation by Rubén P. Alvarez: Romancing the Tone

2013 Latin Grammy-nominated drummer/Latin percussionist Rubén P. Alvarez will share the claves (keys) of success that have inspired his 43 years as a professional musician, and are the foundations of the teaching philosophies that have fueled his passion for sharing his knowledge of the percussive arts and Latin music and Latin jazz for over 32 years.

Rubén is a teaching artist for the Jazz Institute of Chicago Jazz Links Jazz Master residency program (elementary through high school). He also teaches private lessons and directs the Latin music and Latin Jazz combos and ensembles at Roosevelt University, Columbia College Chicago, and Prairie State College. He is an educational endorser for, and presents workshops and clinics internationally for, music industry leaders in music education, Latin Percussion® instruments, Remo drumheads, Vic Firth sticks and mallets, and Zildjian cymbals. He is a founding member and serves on the Board of Directors of the Jazz Education Network, the Board of Governors of the Chicago Chapter of the Recording Academy, and as Vice President of the Illinois Chapter of the Percussive Arts Society.

10:30am – 12:00pm – Morning Sessions
Participants will choose from the following:

“If You Can Sing, You Can Scat!” : An Introduction to Vocal Jazz Techniques for Young Singers – Gaye Klopack

This session will allow you to examine the voice as an instrument, learn mic techniques and provide repertoire and materials to enable the beginning vocal jazz program. You will learn how to teach your students to have fun with Vocal Jazz improvisation techniques, engaging activities and methods that encourage creative experimentation.

Presenter Gaye Klopack is the vocal music instructor at Jones College Prep High School and has been an adjunct member of the faculty at Northwestern Illinois University in Chicago.

“Chordal Progressions for the Jazz Pianist” (Beginning and Advanced) – Frank Menzies

Tutorial sessions geared towards assisting the classroom teacher (Jazz Band, Concert Band, Orchestra and Gospel Choir) with guiding their keyboardists from basic structure to an advanced paradigm. The approach will lend itself to more solid support of and in the ensemble.

Presenter Frank Menzies is the music instructor at Jones College Prep High School. He attended Howard University, Vander Cook College of Music, Governor’s State University and Chicago State University. He has recorded with Jon Faddis, Roy Haynes, and others. Mr. Menzies was the Illinois District IMEA guest conductor in ‘03 and the Illinois All-State Presenter in ‘04. In ‘05 he received an Honorary Commission from the Congressional Leadership Council. Mr. Menzies has toured China, Canada, and throughout the U.S.

Unleashing Creativity: Beginning Improvisation for the General Music Class – Chip Gdalman

When improvisation is mentioned, most people (and music teachers) immediately think jazz. While improvisation is the main feature of jazz, it is also found in blues, rock, hip-hop, and world music. Bach, Mozart, and Beethoven were also famous for their improvisations. This workshop will present several different scenarios for getting your students to improvise by using rhythms (percussion and/or just clapping), words (storytelling and raps), and easy scales (Orff instruments, recorders, or band instruments). You will be presented with simple techniques and plans to get you and your students over that hump of timid-ness and into the excitement and joy of improvising.

Presenter Chip Gdalman teaches band and general music at Gompers Fine Arts Option Elementary School on the far south side of Chicago. He has also taught at the university level and is a working jazz saxophonist.

12:00 – 1:00pm – Lunch A lunch of sub sandwiches, chips, fruit, dessert, and bottled water will be provided on site at no cost to participants

1:00 – 2:30pm – Afternoon Sessions
Participants will choose from the following:

Don’t be Afraid to Hit The Drum, No Matter Where It’s From – Rubén P. Alvarez

Sing the praises of the orishas of Africa, move your body to the mambo, and let your soul soar with the samba. Celebrate a percussive fiesta that promises to entertain as well as educate students and teachers alike about the African roots and basic performance techniques of Afro-Latin rhythms from Brazil and Cuba that are the heartbeat of Latin jazz.

Presenter, Ruben P. Alvarez, is a Chicago-based Latin percussionist, drum set artist, author, composer, and educator. His performance credits include movie soundtracks, radio and television jingles, and performances and recordings with Grammy nominees Guitarra Azul, Chuchito Valdes, Ramsey Lewis, and Sones de Mexico, Chicago’s premier Latin jazz ensemble Chevere, and the rumba flamenco ensemble Guitarra Azul. He presents clinics and master classes internationally, teaches at Columbia College Chicago, Northwestern and Roosevelt Universities.

Teaching Jazz in Elementary Schools – Diane Ellis

Receive first-hand information about how to start an elementary school jazz band program at your school. The session will outline the steps it takes to ensure success.

Presenter Diane ‘Lil Sax” Ellis is a master musician and solo artist on the alto saxophone. She has been tutored in jazz by great master musicians such as Sonny Stitt, Hank Crawford, Jimmy Ellis, David “Fat Head” Newman, Houston Person, and many more. Diane has performed on the road with organists Jimmy McGriff and Charles Earland. She performed as a soloist at the world jazz festival in Ochos Rio, Jamaica and for two years the October Fest in Ingolstadt, Germany. On the encore trip to Germany, Diane was the opening act for the late great Ray Charles. Besides heading her own group, Diane Ellis currently performs with the Tony Smith Show, Morris Ellis Jazz Orchestra, and the Walter Cartwright Big Band. She also freelances with small combo groups around the Chicago area. Diane gives back to her community by teaching music appreciation and band to over 850 children during the course of a week at the Arthur Dixon Elementary School.

Jazz Arranging: Write Great Charts That Your Kids Can Play … Well! – Kevin Korschgen

This session will provide a practicum for writing playable charts for all skill levels and instrumentations.

Presenter Kevin Korschgen returned to Chicago following a three-year sojourn to Santa Fe, New Mexico, where he was the Artistic Director of the Sante Fe Youth Symphony Association and Director of Bands at Santa Fe High School. Prior to that Mr. Korschgen worked in Chicago as a musician and educator for 25 years. He developed Chicago Public Schools’ Lake View High School band program, the centerpiece of which is a dynamic “Latin” Jazz Band. Mr. Korschgen, a subtle and fiery drummer, has performed with many of Chicago’s premier jazz musicians, and has toured with nationally recognized trumpeter, Marcus Belgrave. He has performed with the Elgin (IL) Symphony Orchestra and has directed productions of the musicals Godspell, Peter Pan, Little Mary Sunshine, and Oklahoma. Currently, he is band director at Harlan High School and assistant director of the Chicago Public Schools’ All-City Jazz Band.

2:30 p.m. – 2:45 p.m. – Break

2:45 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. – Set up for Performance/Jam Session

3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. – Performance and/or Jam Session
Chicago Public Schools Teachers’ Jazz Ensemble: Noteworthy Jazz Ensemble

Quite possibly the only band of its kind in the country, Noteworthy is an ensemble of Chicago Public School music teachers, many of whom are also the jazz band directors at their schools. The idea to form a band grew out of the Jazz Institute of Chicago’s Jazz Links Teachers Advisory Council. From the members’ desire to create an opportunity to “practice what they teach,” the band grew quickly from an octet to a burgeoning big band. The ensemble members see the establishment of Noteworthy as a model for music teachers across the country, especially as a tool to increase and build awareness and advocacy for arts education.

In order to plan for stage space and accommodation of rhythm players, jam session participants are asked to register their instrument.

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