Students will rehearse and be instructed by some of the best jazz musicians in the northwest. Students will learn basic song forms like blues and rhythm changes as well as standard songs of the jazz idiom. They will learn how to perform and interact in a small group setting, how to improve their soloing, reading, and improvising skills.
Some of the combos for more advanced students will be themed and based in the style of an historic jazz band such as the Art Blakey and the Jazz Messenger's combo, Miles Davis combo, Horace Silver combo etc. Students will have the opportunity to perform multiple concerts at the venue space itself and will learn how to plan a proper set list and prepare for, and run a gig.
The monthly tuition covers the weekly rehearsals and also includes full membership at WJMAC so that the students can hear all of the great groups performing, without additional cost.
Pay monthly online with a credit card, $375/quarter (click the button below to enroll)
Pay by check at class for the current quarter (Fall, Winter, Spring), $375
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The Jazz Combo program begins on September 30th, with instructors mentoring students in jazz combo performance and improvisation. The program hopes to grow jazz talent and jazz awareness in students of all ages through these weekly classes, as well as giving them the opportunity to hear the music performed live.
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WJMAC held a 5-day jazz performance intensive for students high school age and older from July 15-19, 2019. Classes and rehearsals were held at the Sylvia Center for the Arts in downtown Bellingham, with final combo performances attended by family, friends and WJMAC supporters.
Faculty included Thomas Harris (woodwinds), Roger Yamashita (bass), Christian Casolary (drums), and Sage Romey (piano, voice), as well guest clinicians Kevin Woods, Brad Shigeta, Steve Jones, John Butorac, and Zach Zenovic. Students rehearsed in a combo setting and received instruction in jazz theory, improvisation, small group performance, and jazz history.