Programs for Other Venues
Concert The concert program includes standards, jazz classics,
originals, and a mix of grooves, styles and arrangements. Tunes from our
latest CD are included. An optional pre-concert lecture, or a meet and greet
post-concert session can motivate audience members to inquire into the art
of listening. Band size - 2-5.
and Laura are accomplished, talented and very personable performers."
Linda Marsella, Director, Mariposa Museum, Peterborough,
Jazz Alive! Every
element in jazz has its counterpart in life. Through the fascinating interactions
in pieces like Countin' the Blues, Feelings, Jazz Sandwich, I Love Jazz
and Jazz Scenes from Life, all of the basic features in jazz are
brought to life. Jazz classics like Summertime and Bye Bye Blackbird
round out the program. Topics include improvisation, scat singing, swing,
song form, the blues, instrument roles, interactions in the band and listening
skills. This show is tailored to audience size and age range, and is presented
at all venues. Band size 2-5. Go to Jazz Alive!
Is You! An interactive, co-creative jazz concert where the audience
is the inspiration! This innovative program calls upon anyone with imagination
and a sense of adventure to come join the fun. In the spirit of comedy improv,
the audience is given a variety of scenarios to work with. The band calls
for suggestions and participation within a context they set out. Examples
are:Feelings (you name them, we play them) Conversations (you
describe the scenario) The Story (you define the setting, characters,
etc.) Interactions also include call and response scat singing, learning
a jazz standard, and several chances to be the percussion section and backup
vocals. Several jazz standards and originals are included as well, to give
everyone a chance to relax and enjoy a traditional jazz concert. Band size
3-5. Ages 12 and up.
Shammy and the
Wizards of Jazz Experience the MAGIC of jazz. Jazz is magical
in the sense that jazz, like all spontaneous living, is full of surprise
and wonder. This program demonstrates the magical elements of jazz in the
context of entertaining skits that magically explain the art of jazz listening.
Costumes, drama and comedy join forces with great music and sound pedagogy
to provide a solid learning experience. Band size 3-5. Grades K-12 or family
show. Audience size - up to 250.
Jazz and the
Art of Creative Listening See description below.
. . totally professional in every respect, and, even more importantly, has
the rare ability to captivate an audience. Mr. Kolodny and his band have
my heartfelt recommendation."
Chuck Reichenthal, Program Director, Brooklyn Arts and
Jazz and the
Art of Creative Listening Based on our CD, Jazz and the Art of Creative Listening, this
inspiring program introduces the elements of jazz using many examples from
our CD such as: Jazz Conversations, The Jazz Accent, Embellishing a Tune,
and Scatting the Blues. Participants get right inside these elements
as they listen, sing, clap, drum, move and groove with the music. Listening
skills are discussed and explored. There is ample time for questions and
discussion, and to share insights and views about jazz. Designed for anyone
over age 10, those involved in the arts or education will be especially
interested. This program is available in either the concert or workshop
Jazz This class is offered to amateur jazz instrumentalists
and vocalists at all levels of experience. Experienced players will revisit
basics from a fresh perspective, and get advanced techniques in light of
these basics. The class covers basic improvising skills such as playing
by ear and memorization. Scales, patterns, rhythms and harmony are explored
in the context of imaginative games. Jazz application involves simple folk
tunes, authentic jazz riffs and blues, jazz standards, grooves, vamps and
drones. The emphasis is on student experience. Process and awareness are
valued above "product." This approach helps the student's appreciation
of their own style and fosters self confidence in practice and performance.
Practice techniques for a lifetime of study are provided.
The Playful Voice
- Exploring Vocal Improvisation
This performance/workshop uses vocal improvisation as a vehicle for opening
up one's spirit. Through performance, demonstration and interaction, Laura
Pierce leads the group in exploring ways to have fun and be creative, and
to express themselves freely with vocal improvisation. Participants get
to try scat singing, in the context of familiar folk tunes, the blues, jazz
and free-play. No experience is necessary, participation is optional and
everyone from non-musician to professional vocalist will find something
of value in the workshop.