Andy Firth Quintet: “Play Jazz” Schools Masterclass


Andy Firth Quintet: “Play Jazz” Schools Masterclass

Wednesday 2  March 2022, 11am

Warners Bay Theatre

Suitable for students in years 10 to 12

Tickets: $15 Per student

This concert and master class aims to introduce, encourage, develop and enthuse school students about the history, appeal, versatility and enjoyment of playing a wide range of jazz music. It will demonstrate how this style of music has been able to influence other contemporary music styles, i.e. Hip Hop, Funk, Rock, TV, Film and Pop music, and allowed them to flourish. Teachers will have the opportunity to nominate students to participate in a musical session to play “Lookin’ Saxy!” (Firth), a simple tune over blues on the day.

Topics covered in the workshop will include:

  • What is jazz music?
  • Narration: “From Africa to the big city” with a short demonstration of each style
  • How to “swing” written straight quavers. (“Doo-Va technique”)
  • How to use jazz techniques to spice up your music: Vibrato, grace notes, the chromatic scale, rhythmic devices, anticipation/delay (syncopation) with demos
  • The role of the instruments and performers in a jazz ensemble, including demonstrations.
  • How to entertain and create various moods and styles of music on stage
  • A short introduction and demonstration of jazz improvisation: what it is, how it works and what’s involved
  • “Waltzswing Matilda”: Performance with improvisations and then an explanation of what we did to make it sound “jazzy”

More information about Andy Firth, including samples of his music can be found on his website.

Schools are asked to submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) by Friday 18 February. An email with a booking link will be sent to all schools who have registered their interest with all bookings to be finalised by 25 February.