Prerequisite: Ages 13-18, must have a minimum one year experience in a school music program and know Bb, F and Eb major scales. No previous jazz experience necessary.
Cost: $5/session fee for facility/equipment use. There is no class fee for this community event.
This ongoing class is designed to give students "hands-on" knowledge of how to create an improvised jazz solo over chord changes. Chord construction and jazz theory are introduced, with a big emphasis on weekly playing and learning of great jazz standards such as Herbie Hancock's "Watermelon Man." Aural skills and knowledge of chord changes are developed by learning to harmonize with melody lines, and stylistic "licks" and melodic devices are introduced along with scales and modes used in jazz improvisation.
Drop-ins are always welcome! Each new class member will receive a handbook of chords, exercises, and jazz songs the class is working on which is transposed for C, F, Bb, and Eb instruments. Practice tracks and song files will also be made available to all young musicians participating in the class.
Songs will include: Watermelon Man, Cantaloupe Island, Little Sunflower, Blue Bossa, Mercy, Mercy Mercy, C Jam Blues and much more!
About the Instructor: A New Mexico native, Phil Arnold attended Manzano High School in the 1970's and was designated a Founding Member of NMJW in 1976. After receiving a Jazz Scholarship to Arizona State University, Phil world-toured with the Glenn Miller Orchestra and then wound up working as a freelance musician and jazz artist in New York City for twenty years before eventually returning with his family to New Mexico. Phil gained experience with a wide variety of styles, musical settings and professional venues while working in the NYC music scene. As well as performing Broadway and at Radio City Music Hall with the Rockettes, he was a featured soloist weekly at the Rainbow Room, and worked with bands such as the Gil Evans Orchestra and the Charles Mingus Big Band - and as a solo performer with musical legends such as Dizzy Gillespie, Woody Shaw, Tito Puente, Mark Anthony and B.B. King.
As an Educator, Phil has worked with thousands of young musicians in New York and New Mexico as a Clinician and Band Director, and is a State-Certified K-12 Music Teacher with many years of experience with middle school and high school musicians. Phil has also taught Musicianship at The University of New Mexico, and taught a Jazz Theory class at Northern New Mexico College in 2009 which has formed the basis for his soon-to-be-released jazz method, "Makin' The Changes."