Reopening of jazz music in New York

NEW YORK, June 29, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — In July and August, the New York Jazz Workshop will reopen the doors of its state-of-the-art facility to the public for in-person jazz programming. NYJW celebrates the reopening of in-person classes with a stellar lineup of Three- and four-day summer intensives (for adult participants aged 17 and over) and Teen Jazz Camp (for 12-16 year olds). After enduring such an incredibly difficult pandemic year, we couldn’t be more excited to come together again to learn, laugh and play music.

The intensive summer series starts with “Saxophone madness” on July 16-18led by three of today’s most influential saxophonists: Chris plays, Tony Malabyand Sam Newsome (hosted by Marc Mommas). Each day will be led by a different faculty member offering their unique perspective on improvisation, sound, technique, and more.

This summer offers not one but of them opportunities for guitarists to work with Kenny Wessel and Nate Radley in the Intensive “Guitar Hang” (July 23-25 and August 23-25). Either of these special intensive three-day courses is the perfect setting for guitarists to hone their improvisation, harmony and technique.

NYJW’s intensive lineup offers incredible programs for singers of all skill levels. Michael Walkerwith Olivia Foschi and Jocelyne Medinalead Vocal Workout 1 (beginner/intermediate level) from July 26 to 28 and Vocal Workout 2 (intermediate/advanced level) on August 20-22. Topics include melody, breathing exercises, technique, approaches to jazz repertoire and improvisation.

Marc Mommasthe school’s co-founder, will lead the first jazz improvisation on July 29-August 1where musicians will sharpen their skills and expand their musical vocabulary with the drummer Tony Moreno and vibraphonist Mark Sherman. Topics in this intensive include ear training, rhythm and composition.

August 6-8 is “The Keys” Intensive for all pianists/keyboardists, taught by the world class combo of pianists Amina Figarova, Angelique Sanchezand Jacob Bags. Topics include reading, ear training, technique, solo piano, compositional styles and improvisation.

The intensive “Rhythm For All” from August 9 to 11 will open your ears to a variety of rhythmic approaches, such as swing feel, Afro-Cuban and Latin grooves, polymeter, odd time signatures, and more. Directed by Marc Mommas, Darrell Greenand Dave Ambrosiothis program is open to all instrumentalists and singers.

For Brazilian music lovers, August 12-15 brings the Brazilian Music Intensive with pianist Vitor Goncalves and percussionist Vanderlei Pereira. During this intensive, students will perform the music of Jobim, Pascoal, Pixinguinha, in addition to learning rhythms such as choro, bossa nova, baiao, samba, maracatu and xote.

Drummer Vito Lesczak and a special guest will host the second Jazz Improvisation Intensive from August 26-29. The intensive covers many compositional styles as well as ideas about melody, harmony, and rhythm.

the Jazz Composition Intensive* will be led by Marc Mommas and special guest Alain Ferber to August 27-28. The intensive will answer questions about how to avoid compositional ruts and cover topics such as form, melodic considerations, and melodic rhythm. *Online only.

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TEENAGER SUMMER CAMP (12-16 years old)
Our Summer Teen Jazz Camp allows teens to perform and learn jazz in a friendly, informative and fun! NYJW is excited to host four Teen Jazz Camp sessions:

July 12-15
August 2-5
August 16-19

Jazz improvisation is the ultimate form of musical expression, and with the help of New York professionals, students will learn to apply jazz theory, ear training, and ensemble playing to all styles of music. Our camp is led by a group of experienced and dedicated educators, all materials are aligned with admission requirements as outlined by LaGuardia Community College, Frank Sinatra High School and similar programs.

Teen camp:

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