With our jazz department now in the very capable hands of Gustavo Casenave, it is an exciting time for jazz at the Harbor Conservatory! Here is an update from Mr. Casenave himself:
One month after the Harbor’s new Jazz Department kickoff, we are moving fast!
We started with great attendance on ear training, arranging and composition courses.
Our ensembles are also growing, with weekly meetings on Mondays at 6PM (“The All Jazz Ensemble”), on Fridays at 6PM (“The Harbor Jazz Ensemble”), and Fridays at 7PM (“The Jazz Composition Ensemble”).
Both ensembles accept beginners and cover jazz standards, blues and bossanova. Basic reading is needed, and you have the opportunity to improvise in a jazz setting, with other students that are there to learn, perform and have fun!
On Fridays, we have our “Friday Jazz Marathon”, starting with Ear Training at 4pm, followed by Arranging for Contemporary Jazz Ensemble at 5pm, Jazz Composition 1 at 6pm, and the aforementioned “Jazz Composition Ensemble” at 7PM.
The basic concept of the program is to start with ear training , then work in arranging and composition based on the students’ original tunes, and finally we perform everything we write. In this way, we put all the material in to action, and you can even get a recording of your music by the Jazz Composition Ensemble.
We still have openings for every instrument, while new courses and ensembles for different levels are still being created. If you want to start playing jazz or already play and would like to participate in any of the courses, call the Jazz Department at: 212 427 2244 ext. 551
Last but not least, we recently hosted an amazing free concert on October 14th by Cuban born, Harlem based Jazz saxophonist, composer & educator Yosvany Terry, featuring his quintet. Don’t miss the next one!
Keep an eye on the blog, for upcoming concerts and events, and if you are a musician, jazz or otherwise, do not hesitate to call. You will be pleasantly surprised by the wide variety of courses we offer!
See you soon, and keep practicing!
Director/ Jazz Department