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Jazz taster jam at Jackdaws

By Somerset Guardian  |  Posted: December 12, 2013

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There will be a Jazz Taster Day at Great Elm's Jackdaws on Sunday with Ralf Dorrell.

In a relaxed, yet supportive environment, Ralf will lead a day course for all. Participants will be encouraged to have fun exploring all of the musical areas and skills required to play jazz, including basic rhythms, melodies, harmony and improvisation.

By the end of the day the target is for the group to be able to perform a couple of simple pieces together.

The course is suitable for any ability and all instrumentalists - this includes so-called "classical" instruments such as flute, violin and cello, alongside more traditional jazz instruments: piano, trumpet, trombone and clarinet.

Ralf studied for a music degree (BMus) at Sheffield University, followed by a Master's degree (MA) in Composition from Bath Spa University. He is currently studying for a PhD in Composition. He is also a qualified music teacher (PGCE).

He is very active on the South West music scene as a composer, performer (double bass, bass guitar and trombone), bandleader, ensemble director, lecturer, teacher and workshop tutor. He has been leading workshops on improvisation, composition and jazz since 1984.

He currently directs two big bands, and lectures in composition and jazz composition at Bath Spa University.

He also conducts Bath Community Big Band and is a tutor at The Jazz Factory, and Wiltshire Youth Jazz Orchestra.

The taster course runs from 11am to 3pm. Visit www.jackdaws.org.uk for further information.

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