In the past, IC has featured three large instrumental jazz ensembles: The Jazz Ensemble (dir. Mike Titlebaum), the Jazz Repertory Ensemble (dir. Greg Evans) and the Jazz Lab Band (dir. Bill Tiberio). Due to the pandemic, rehearsing as a large ensemble will not likely be possible. However, we can still play and make music together, even if we welcome and include instruments not typically in a jazz ensemble, and if we do not feature a typical big band instrumentation: We will focus on the skill of improvisation.
This summer, Mike has been completing his forthcoming textbook “Improvisation Using Simple Melodic Embellishment,” and the songs and exercises from this book will provide the bulk of the materials and activities for the course. All the various sections will combine activities such as practicing together (remotely, presumably), individual practice, recording, aural skills, improvisation, composition and performance. Blocks will culminate with concerts, presumably live-streamed on social media, during which every player will present their compositions and improvisations. (It is our hope that in October, if conditions permit, we will be able to do some p2p work/playing/teaching, but that is still yet to be determined.)
Some sections will be for players who have never improvised, and others will be for more experienced players. Interested students will be divided among the sections. For a section doing advanced work, a video audition is required. Students who wish to audition for an advanced section should complete and submit a video audition no later than Sept 1. Details on how to submit a video will come soon. All other interested students are welcome to enroll, but should still fill out the same form.