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Jazz Improv Workshop with Pianist Howard Rees

Workshops: April 16, May 21 & June 18 12:30 - 2:00 p.m., Concert 2 - 4 p.m. 

Free to attend. Register at gallery@bellevillelibrary.ca or call 613-968-6731 x 2040 


At some point following the era of such master European improvisors as Bach, Chopin and Liszt, improvisation took flight across the ocean and found a home in what became known as Jazz.

As the great Classical musicians and later Jazz masters understood, everything comes from scales – Melodies, Chords, and Improvisation. So, this 3-part workshop series will focus on …

scales! and will explore:

Chord and Scale relationships (i.e. what scale fits with each chord type)

• Ways of  ‘Shaping the Scale’ into interesting improv ideas

• Applying these ideas to song forms including the 12-bar blues and jazz standards

This workshop series will be geared to instrumentalists at all levels, including teachers of Jazz and Classical music. All instrumentalists are welcome. The basic prerequisite is a knowledge of the major and dominant 7th scales.

The workshops are participatory, and may be recorded. Please bring your instrument.

The workshops will be given by pianist Howard Rees. Each workshop will be followed by a performance by the Howard Rees Trio, featuring Paco Luviano, bass and Harry Ellis, drums.

We would like to gratefully acknowledge the financial support of the Quinte Arts Council in allowing us to present this series free of charge.