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July 1, 2007

Pacific Jazz Workshop Ensures Strong Future for Canadian Jazz

Written by
cindy mcleod

jazz music, Canada

Pacific Jazz Workshop Ignites Young Students of Jazz

The Pacific Jazz Workshop kicks off tomorrow and runs through July 15th in Comox Valley, offering a students a total immersion experience in the creation and performance of jazz music.

The only two-week intensive summer camp for youth in the nation, the program is designed for instrumentalists who wish to expand their knowledge and hone performance skills, with instruction in jazz improvisation, ensemble and big band, history and theory, composition and arranging, instrumental sectionals, plus jam sessions, and faculty concerts.

Program highlights include participation in Hugh Fraser’s unique “Let Your Voice Be Heard,” based on African rhythms and chants in a music circle both with and without instruments. Daily faculty clinic/concerts in an informal setting will offer students the opportunity to see and hear their teachers perform, with a Q&A portion and discussion about jam sessions. “Jazz at the Grill” is a public event featuring an evening of music produced from the ground up by students. Randy Wedel’s “Elemental Jazz” involves very young musicians who come together for a half day session to play jazz using recorders, other various instruments, and to learn about the role of a basic rhythm section.

There will be many opportunities during the workshop for the students to share their jazz talents with the public, with afternoon and evening performances scheduled.

Scheduled Performances

04/07/07 Jazz Faculty Show
05/07/07 Plaza Jazz at noon
06/07/07 Jazz at the Grill
08/07/07 Summer Sounds – Musical Theatre & Jazz Sampler
10/07/07 Jazz on the Promenade
11/07/07 Jazz Forum – Faculty & guests
12/07/07 Jazz at Joe’s
13/07/07 Pacific Jazz Festival

An all-star faculty led by award winning music educator, Dave Proznick, consists of leading Canadian jazz artists presently working in the industry, giving each student attending an extraordinary opportunity to learn with one of the masters of their specific instrument.

2007 Faculty

Program Director: Dave Proznick
Piano, Arranging: Hugh Fraser
Saxophone: Campbell Ryga
Trumpet: Bill Clark
Trombone: Dennis Esson
Trombone, guest faculty: Ron Nethercutt
Guitar: Ihor Kukurudza
Drums: Dave Robbins
Bass: Jodi Proznick
Elemental Jazz : Randy Wedel

for more info visit www.cymc.ca

July 3-15
Pacific Jazz Workshop
Director – Dave Proznick
Comox Valley

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