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CJF17: Workshops

Saturday 2nd September & Sunday 3rd September, 10:25am

CJF17: Workshop led by Phil Meadows

Leading the Saturday morning workshop will be Phil Meadows! Both workshops at #CJF17 are practical, so please bring along your instrument. When buying your ticket, you must state what instrument you play. There will be a drum kit, a keyboard, a bass amp and a guitar amp provided. The workshops are not part of any ticket deal, you must purchase an individual ticket(s) for the workshop(s) you wish to attend.

Important: If you are under 18 you must be accompanied by your parent/legal guardian. Unless they are taking part in the workshop, your parent/legal guardian will not need to buy a ticket.

Phil Meadows is a multi-award winning composer, saxophonist and conductor. Alongside receiving two Parliamentary Jazz Awards, a London Music Award and the prestigious Peter Whittingham Jazz Award Meadows lectures in improvisation for the University of Kent and is one of the musical directors for the National Youth Jazz Orchestra’s Academy programme.

Today, with Phil, we’ll be looking at how jazz music has developed over its first century with a focus on the aural tradition; looking at some more modern concepts of improvisation and learning a jazz standard all the way from New Orleans.

Accessible for all ages and instruments, must have basic technique (circa grade 3+).

CJF17: Workshop led by Frank Griffith

Leading the Sunday morning workshop will be Frank Griffith! Both workshops at #CJF17 are practical, so please bring along your instrument. When buying your ticket, you must state what instrument you play. There will be a drum kit, a keyboard, a bass amp and a guitar amp provided. The workshops are not part of any ticket deal, you must purchase an individual ticket(s) for the workshop(s) you wish to attend.

Important: If you are under 18 you must be accompanied by your parent/legal guardian. Unless they are taking part in the workshop, your parent/legal guardian will not need to buy a ticket.

Frank Griffith, born in Oregon, USA in 1959, is a saxophonist, composer/arranger and jazz educationalist, and has lectured in Music at Brunel University since 1997. While resident in New York City from 1980-1996, he arranged for Lionel Hampton, Jon Hendricks and Ron Carter.  His playing credits include the Mel Lewis Orchestra, Mel Torme and Jack McDuff.  Moving to London in 1996, he has played with Kenny Wheeler, Tony Coe, Norma Winstone, Joe Temperley and The Pete Cater Big Band. His debut CD, The Suspect features Tom Harrell and his group The Frank Griffith Nonet,  has recorded 2 CDs Live, Ealing Jazz Festival 2000 and The Coventry Suite. He has also recorded and performed with Sir John Dankworth and Dame Cleo Laine as well as received a BAJA (British Adoptee Jazz Award) from them in 2009. He has presented several papers at the annual Leeds International Jazz Education Conference including one on the film scores of John Dankworth. His interview with the great man on this topic was published in the Journal of British Cinema and Television in December 2006. The Frank Griffith Big Band’s 2011 debut recording Holland Park Non-Stop, is on the Hepjazz label and features vocalist, Tina May, Karen Sharp, Adrian Fry, Steve Fishwick, Matt Wates and John Turville, amongst others.

For today’s workshop, all instruments and vocalists are welcome. Reading music is not necessary as the emphasis will be improvisation on basic jazz, blues and latin material. All levels are welcome and you don’t need to have previous experience improvising.

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