The difficulty of the material and the amount covered will be dictated by the level of the group and is subject to change if the tutor feels that something else would be more appropriate and helpful, so this list may be updated. Of course there are many recorded examples of all of these tunes, but you should be familiar with the particular tracks listed below before coming to each session.
Autumn 2017 Season Repertoire...
16 Sep 2017 - Freddie Freeloader - from "Kind of Blue" by Miles Davis (1959)
30 Sep 2017 - When You’re Smiling - Billie Holiday with The Teddy Wilson Orchestra featuring Lester Young (1938)
21 Oct 2017 - Besame Mucho - from "En Mexico" by Joao Gilberto (1974)
11 Nov 2017 - Little Sunflower - from "Backlash" by Freddie Hubbard (1967)
2 Dec 2017 - Better Get Hit In Your Soul - from "Ah Um" by Charles Mingus (1959)
Please click HERE to jump to an iTunes playlist which includes all of the Saturday Jazz Workshop repertoire (past and present). From there you can download individual tracks as you wish.
Previous sessions have included the following repertoire...
Sonnymoon For Two
Better Get Hit In Your Soul
Lester Leaps In
One Note Samba
Mack The Knife
A Night In Tunisia
Boogie Stop Shuffle
Don't Get Around Much Anymore
Cape Verdean Blues
Sing Sing Sing
So Danco Samba
The Jitterbug Waltz
Sack O Woe
A Child Is Born
Ran Kan Kan
A thought about jazz repertoire...
Jazz has been around for about 100 years and over that time it has evolved and is continuing to evolve. As each new generation came along with a new style of jazz, so they approached the music in new and radical ways. There are many different ways of playing jazz, each with its own sets of protocol and concepts according to each different style and individual approach. Thus, we need to be aware of the history and development of each different style and approach to jazz and understand the different concepts and how they work in context with the music and what the musicians were trying to do at the time. The concepts and musical devices that Louis Armstrong used for improvising were different to Dizzy Gillespie, and Dizzy Gillespie used different methods to Miles Davis, and so on. As the music evolved so did the methods and concepts for improvising on the music. This can be confusing for students of jazz who may have learned one thing from one teacher or workshop and then struggle to apply it in another situation, which may be out of context. Playing Jazz Standards from Real books can add to this confusion because they can feel very generic and not specific to any style. Of course, for the experienced jazz musician this can be beneficial and liberating as it enables the music to be played in any style. But for the jazz student this lack of context can be confusing as there is no protocol to guide them. Therefore, when learning it is extremely beneficial to focus on particular recordings, as they give a sense of time and place and context, which can guide the student when making artistic choices.