Date: Saturday January 20, 2018
Time: 1:00-5:00 (4 hours), with a break for coffee or tea and snacks
Location: Upper Valley Music Center, 8 South Park St., Lebanon, New Hampshire
This introduction to a cappella jazz will focus on:
- getting the feel - singing with syncopation and swing as a group
- getting the sound - harmony, what makes it jazz, and learning to love a little dissonance
- getting it started - the blues is where it all begins
putting it together - we’ll learn some classic jazz tunes in harmony
The ability to read music is not required, but it will definitely help. You do need to be able to accurately sing back what is sung to you. We will do a lot of singing by rote, but we’ll have scores for the songs we learn. While we want to be challenged, we also want to have fun!
Meet your Instructor: John Harrison is a composer, choral director, singer, and saxophonist who has been performing professionally since he was a lad. He performs and teaches in a variety of styles that reflect his eclectic background in music. Raised in the church, he sang in professional men and boys choirs. Following school he spent 13 years in New York City, where he led his own bands, and performed with Otis Rush, Buster Poindexter, The Uptown Horns, and Bobby Radcliff, among others, before moving to Vermont in 1992. Currently he directs the Montpelier Community Gospel Choir; Rock City!, Vermont’s rock and soul chorus; Reelin’ & Rockin’, a senior rock chorus; and after-school World Music choruses through the Summit School of Traditional Music and Culture. He teaches at the Interplay Jazz & Arts summer workshops in Woodstock, Vermont. He has worked for the last 18 years teaching music to teenagers and adults through Village Harmony (Marshfield VT), Turtle Dove Harmony (Brattleboro VT), and Songways (UK). He lives with his wife Scottie in Plainfield, VT.