Ellington Study Group LA
I’m thrilled to have the continuing support of the Academy of Scoring Arts for the third meeting in this new series of jazz composition workshops. See you there!–Scott
Cover charge: $12 includes unlimited coffee
Vitello’s E-Spot Lounge – 4349 Tujunga Ave Studio City, CA 91604
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On the 18th we will revisit “Diminuendo and Crescendo in Blue” by Ellington, touch on “Concerto for Cootie”. Remember, back in the day, the only rule was there are no rules, and both of these works were years ahead of their time. We’ll move quickly to Gil Evans’ Miles Ahead for a continuation of our discussion of “Blues or Pablo”, featuring a detailed analysis of voicing, composition and orchestration techniques. This piece is a primer in Gil’s techniques–and there are a few choice passages where his orchestration choices are particularity profound and three-dimensional.
I also want to touch on a few pieces which we’ll listen to without the score…something from The Individualism of Gil Evans, or an early small big band session by Bob Brookmeyer. Or both. Or maybe something from George Russell. Or Sun Ra.
We’ve had a great turnouts so far, and I expect a full house for this one. There will be handouts as well as copies of analog scores to look at, in addition to the projection. See you there.
Composer Scott Healy leads the The Ellington Study Group LA, a hands-on study of scores and recordings of large ensemble jazz music, and music theory and orchestration techniques. The material is advanced, and is geared toward professional classical and jazz composers, film composers, arrangers and instrumentalists who want to increase their understanding and appreciation of large ensemble jazz writing. The discussion ranges from the minutia of voicing and harmony, to broader topics like form, pacing, transparent orchestration, compositional intent and improvisation. Previous classes have included works by Duke Ellington from the 1930’s, Ellington/Strayhorn from the 1950’s, and works by jazz composers, arrangers and band leaders Gil Evans and Miles Davis, Bennie Moten, Fletcher Henderson, Sammy Nestico, Thad Jones and Sun Ra.