THE first Henley Jazz Summer School took place at Valley Road School last week, finishing with a lively performance on
THE first Henley Jazz Summer School took place at Valley Road School last week, finishing with a lively performance on Friday evening.
The 23 participants were split into groups taken by jazz tutors Andy Crowdy, Denny Ilett and Thomas l’Etienne.
The group workshops were interspersed with instrument-specific teaching and improvisation sessions. Brazilian choro and samba music, the role and history of the double bass and guitar in jazz were covered in the public lunch lectures, with musical points illustrated by the tutors.
The workshop welcomed a visit by Cygnets Holiday Club and the children all enjoyed learning about jazz and the instruments.
All the groups performed the pieces they had been working on at the final performance on Friday night. These were received with rapturous applause by an appreciative audience of friends and family, as well as neighbours of the school who had enjoyed listening to the daily serenade from the workshop.
Organisers Carol Crowdy and Liz Jones commented that the workshop had brought together a group of people aged from 17 to over 80, with a wide range of abilities and musical backgrounds.
Proceeds from daily cake sales and concert tickets will go to Bishopswood special school.
Carol and Liz have decided to run the workshop again next year and have set a provisional date of July 28 to August 1, 2014. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com if you want to join next year.