Facilitated Jams & Special Topics

This page is devoted to all Facilitated Jams and Special Topics offered at 4pm. To find 9AM warm-ups or 10am/1:30pm classes, please see the Schedule Overview page.

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Wednesday 4:00pm

Special Topics

All Levels: Alicia Baker & Christine Tassan — Lamont Octagon
French Chanson. Christine and Alicia will introduce and lead jamming on songs, sung in French, that will make a great addition to your instrumental Gypsy jazz repertoire.  For mixed instrumentation… and voices! 

Level 1/2: Roch Lockyer — Lamont Living Room
Introduction to ‘gypsy picking.’  Right hand picking technique is on anyone’s short list of what sets this style apart. Dig in, using rest stroke. If you do not know what this workshop is about, take it.

Level 2/3: Francisco Batista — Lamont Host Dining Room
Next Level Gypsy Picking. For guitarists who have had a solid intro to right hand picking and who are ready to takeit…to the next level. 

Level 3: Denis Chang — Capen Living Room
Practicing With A Band: How I practice with a band or in a group setting using challenging but fun interactive games.

 

Facilitated Jams

Level 1

Will Dickerson — Talbot Living Room

Liu / Hendon  — Talbot Parlor

Jack Soref — Talbot Basement

Level 2

Sami Arefin — Chase 102

Brad Brose — Chase Parlor

Ken Allday  — Chase DR

Sara Labriola — Chase Study

Max O’Rourke — Chase Living Room

Pino / Hulsey — Duckett LR

Christiaan Van Hemert — Unity Right

 

Level 3

Jason Anick — Gillett Study

Gonzalo Bergara — Gillett Living Room

William Brunard — Northrop Basement

Renaud Dardenne — Northrop Dining Room

Sebastien Giniaux — Gillett Basement

Mathias Levy — Northrop Living Room

Giacomo Smith — Gillet Dining Room

Romain Vuillemin — Gillett 101

 

Level 4

Angelo Debarre — Baldwin Living Room

Tcha Limberger — Unity Left

Fiona Monbet — Baldwin Dining Room

 

Thursday 4:00pm

Special Topics

Level 1/2: Francisco Batista — Lamont Host Dining
Last chance for a solid intro to ‘gypsy picking’ right hand technique from someone who knows. Newbies…do not skip this!

All Levels: Denis Chang — Lamont Living Room
How to Learn Songs. In this workshop, I want to talk about how I learn songs and give you all the strategies I use. I will also explain why I think it’s beneficial to learn the way I do, as it opens the doors to a deeper understanding of harmony and improvisation.

Facilitated Jams

Level 1

Will Dickerson — Talbot Living Room

Liu / Hendon  — Talbot Parlor

Jack Soref — Talbot Basement

Level 2

Ken Allday  — Chase Dining Room

Sami Arefin — Chase 102

Alicia Baker/Christine Tassan — Lamont Octagon

Brad Brose — Chase Parlor

Sara Labriola — Chase Study

Max O’Rourke — Chase Living Room

Christiaan Van Hemert — Unity Right

Hulsey / Pino — Duckett Living Room

Level 3

Jason Anick — Gillett Study

Gonzalo Bergara — Gillett Living Room

William Brunard — Northrop Basement

Renaud Dardenne — Northrop Dining Room

Sebastien Giniaux — Gillett Basement

Mathias Levy — Northrop Living Room

Giacomo Smith — Gillett Dining Room

Romain Vuillemin — Gillett 101

 

Level 4

Angelo Debarre — Baldwin Living Room

Fiona Monbet — Baldwin Dining Room

Tcha Limberger — Unity Left

 

Friday 4:00pm

Special Topics

All Levels: Angelo Debarre with Denis Chang — Talbot Basement
Q&A with Angelo Debarre, facilitated by Denis Chang.

Francisco Batista — Lamont Host Dining Room
More “Gypsy picking” exercises, applied to songs.

Level 3: Michael Joseph Harris –– Gillett Parlor
The Theory Behind Django’s Signature Sound. I will discuss why the Melodic Minor, Harmonic Minor, Whole Tone, Diminished and Half-Diminished sounds work so well for soloing in gypsy jazz. It’s eye opening to uncover the theory behind Django’s treatment of dominant chords and how he resolves to major and minor. We will be using the songs All of Me and I Can’t Give You Anything But Love, including examples from modern players like Sebastien Ginaux.  

All Levels: Ric Molina — Northrop Basement
Rhythm Changes From The Ground Up. Ric Molina (Guitarist, Associate Conductor at Wicked on Broadway and DiJ Regular) offers an in-depth and practical exploration of the chord progression jazz musicians refer to as “rhythm changes”  — the progression of “I Got Rhythm” and countless other standards, including many compositions of Django Reinhardt. At once foundational and endlessly expansive.

Facilitated Jams

Level 1

Will Dickerson — Talbot Living Room

Liu / Hendon —  Capen Living Room

 

Level 2

Sami Arefin — Chase 102

Alicia Baker & Christine Tassan — Chase Living Room

Adrian Holovaty  — Chase Dining Room

Sara Labriola — Chase Study

Pino / Hulsey — Duckett LR

Jack Soref — Chase Parlor

 

Level 3

Jason Anick — Gillett Study

Romain Vuillemin — Gillett 101

Brad Brose — Northrop Living Room

Max O’Rourke — Northrop Dining Room

Christiaan Van Hemert — Gillett Dining Room

Gonzalo Bergara — Gillett Living Room

 

Level 4

Fiona Monbet — Baldwin Dining Room

Open (unfacilitated) Jam — Baldwin Living Room

 

Saturday 4:00pm

Special Topics

All Levels: Christiaan Van Hemert & Denis Chang — Lamont Living Room
Great Debates! Denis and Christiaan are longtime good friends who (maybe you’ve noticed online) engage in fierce debates about music and music education. Come hear them do so live and ask your own questions. What are you wrestling with?

All Levels: Ric Molina — Northrop Basement
Rhythm Changes From The Ground Up. Ric Molina (Guitarist, Associate Conductor at Wicked on Broadway and DiJ Regular) offers an in-depth and practical exploration of the chord progression jazz musicians refer to as “rhythm changes”—the progression of “I Got Rhythm,” countless standards, and many compositions of Django Reinhardt. At once foundational and endlessly expansive.

All Levels: Alicia Baker & Christine Tassan — Lamont Octagon
French Chanson. Christine and Alicia will introduce and lead jamming on songs, sung in French, that will make a great addition to your instrumental Gypsy jazz repertoire.  For mixed instrumentation… and voices! (Different songs than those covered on Wednesday.)

Level 3: Michael Joseph Harris –– Lamont Host Dining Room
Learning The Spirit of Fun in the Django Style: One of the things that marks gypsy jazz as different from any other form of jazz is spirit of fun it inspires. This class focuses primarily on how to include these dramatic elements of Django’s style into your own playing: chordal double stops, big band-like swells, dramatic percussive riffs, and solos that develop melodically and thematically rather than using tons of notes. Tunes used: Sheik of Araby and All of Me.

Facilitated Jams

Level 1

Francisco Batista — Talbot Basement

Will Dickerson — Talbot Living Room

Liu / Hendon — Talbot Parlor

 

Level 2

Adrian Holovaty  — Chase DR

Sami Arefin — Chase 102

Brad Brose — Chase Parlor

Sara Labriola — Chase Study

Luca Pino  — Duckett LR

Jack Soref — Chase Living Room

 

Level 3

Jason Anick — Gillett Study

Stephane Wrembel — Northrop Living Room

Renaud Dardenne — Northrop Dining Room

Sebastien Giniaux — Gillett Basement

Mathias Levy — Gillett Living Room

Giacomo Smith — Gillett Dining Room

Romain Vuillemin — Gillett 101

 

Level 4

Open (unfacilitated) Jam — Baldwin Living Room

Tcha Limberger — Unity Left