Jazz Band

Welcome to the Rudolf Steiner Jazz Band! This is an elective ensemble in Class 6 and 7 and we meet on Fridays for an hour at 1:30pm during term time. This group is for all wind and brass players, driven along by a groovy rhythm section consisting of percussion, keys, guitar and bass.

Our first chart this year will be the big band classic C Jam Blues, which will enable us to begin to learn the art of jazz improvisation. We will supplement this with work from Essential Elements for Band and Essential Elements for Jazz Ensemble. For Term 2 we will add Sonny Rollins’ Tenor Madness to our repertoire.

Our latest endeavour is an exciting collaboration with the Chamber Orchestra, of the well-known He’s a Pirate from Pirates of the Caribbean. Below are links to ‘recordings’ created by music software – not as good as real instruments, but enough to give you an idea.

Whānau are invited to email Jane if they would like a track of just their own part to support their practice.

Recordings of C Jam Blues and Tenor Madness are available here. Try playing along with these as part of your practice time – it’s really fun (and it helps your playing, too!).
Some files are password protected – please email Jane for the password.

Original recordings are available here – great for listening to and getting inspiration, but not playing along with, as they’re different arrangements/keys.

Both of the Essential Elements books have brilliant tracks that you can listen to and play along with.

For Essential Elements for Band, you can download a folder of play-along tracks for your instrument here.

Essential Elements for Jazz Ensemble tracks are available on www.myeelibrary.com. There is a unique code for each instrument, which I’ve hand-written on the front cover of each book, like this.

A key learning point in Jazz Band is self-management, and we expect respectful and mature behaviour in rehearsals.  Therefore, students are expected to:

  1. be on time, with all equipment necessary for the rehearsal (instruments, sheet music, pencil),
  2. enter, unpack and sit in their place as quickly as possible, with everything they need,
  3. enjoy orderly rehearsal technique by putting hands up for questions and listening carefully to whoever is speaking,
  4. listen and observe sound, movement and gesture from the coach and other players to enable a cohesive ensemble sound,
  5. experience success through practising the sheet music consistently prior to the rehearsal, working on it with their instrumental teacher and listening to recordings.

“When we practise, we learn our own notes.
When we rehearse, we learn others’ notes.”

Jane Lush
Band Coach