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

Jack Soref — Albright Living Room
Gypsy Picking L1
An intro level course covering the traditional right hand technique employed by Gypsy Jazz guitarists the world over.

Erwan Mellec/Thomas Le Briz — Unity Right
Jo Privat Jam!
Explore the fun, and surprisingly accessible, repertoire of Jo Privat with Erwan and Thomas. 

Denis Chang — Unity Left
Playing the Changes (for all instruments)
In this special offering, I’d like to talk to you about the concept of playing the changes.  There are many subtleties behind this expression: does playing the changes mean that you play each and every chord? Not necessarily! It’s about understanding cadences.

Christine Tassan/Alicia Baker — Lamont Large Dining Room
French Chansons
Christine and Alicia will lead a special jam session focusing on singing French songs like ‘Que Reste-t-il de nos Amours’ and ‘La Vie En Rose’. 

Greg Ruby — Talbot Living Room
Oscar Alemán Tier L1 & L2
Oscar Licks: Add some of Oscar’s classic guitar licks to the Django in June common repertoire.

Facilitated Jams

Level 1

Lisa Liu (1A) — Albright Dining Room

Level 2

Jason Anick — Chase Living Room
Brad Brose — Lamont Living Room
Ken Allday — Chase Dining Room
Sami Arefin/Isaac Eicher — Chase Study
Michel Mercier — Chase Parlor
Julien Cattiaux/Daniel John Martin — Lamont Host Dining Room

Level 3

Max O’Rourke — Northrop Study
Martin Gioani 
— Gillett Parlor
William Brunard/Costel Nitescu — Northrop Basement
Aaron Weinstein— Northrop Living Room
Samy Daussat — Gillett Dining Room
Romane/Michel Rosciglione — Northrop Dining Room

Level 4

Daniel Givone— Baldwin Dining Room
Noé Reinhardt/Caroline Bugala
 — Baldwin HR

Thursday 4:00pm

Special Topics

Jack Soref — Albright Living Room
Gypsy Picking L2
An intermediate level class devoted to the traditional right hand technique employed by Gypsy Jazz guitarists the world over.

Erwan Mellec/Thomas Le Briz — Unity Right
Jo Privat Jam!
Explore the fun, and surprisingly accessible, repertoire of Jo Privat with Erwan and Thomas. 

Denis Chang — Talbot Basement
Violin Workshop — Playing the Changes
A lot of violinists are afraid of learning the chords to songs, preferring to play by “instinct”. While I agree that playing by instinct is important, that does not mean that you ignore the harmonies. In this special offering, I hope to offer some tips to make learning to play the changes less intimidating. (This class is designed for violinists, but others are welcome.)

Christine Tassan/Alicia Baker — Lamont Large Dining Room
Accordion and Guitar!
Christine and Alicia will lead a special jam with a focus on the interplay between the accordion and guitar.

Greg Ruby — Talbot Living Room
Oscar Aleman L3 & L4
Oscar Alemán’s accompaniment: This class will look at Oscar’s unique approach to using rhythm, arpeggios, chordal accents and ostinato figures to back up a soloist.

Romane/Daniel John Martin — Baldwin Dining Room
Open Rehearsal
Romane and DJM have invited some violinists to serve as a string section for part of their performance tomorrow night.  Come observe their rehearsal.

Facilitated Jams

Level 1

Zak Martel — Albright Dining Room

Level 2

Jason Anick — Chase Living Room
Adrian Holovaty — Chase Dining Room
Sami Arefin/Isaac Eicher — Chase Study
Michel Mercier — Chase Parlor
Giacomo Smith — Lamont Host Dining Room

Level 3

Max O’Rourke — Northrop Study
Brad Brose / Costel Nitescu — Northrop Dining Room
Martin Gioani 
— Gillett Parlor
Aaron Weinstein— Northrop Living Room
Samy Daussat — Gillett Dining Room
Daniel Givone — Gillett Living Room

Level 4

Noé Reinhardt/Caroline Bugala — Baldwin Living Room

Friday 4:00pm

Special Topics

Jack Soref — Albright Living Room
Gypsy Picking L1
A beginner level course covering the traditional right hand technique employed by Gypsy Jazz guitarists the world over.

Michel Mercier — Talbot Parlor
Special Guitar Effects
Michel’s tricks and licks for lively solos.

Denis Chang — Unity Left
Ear Training
In this special offering, I’d like to talk to you about how I transcribe, and how I learned how to improvise by transcribing. Ultimately, doing a lot of this develops your ears so that you begin to intrinsically understand music without necessarily knowing theory. I will explain the entire process behind this.

Christine Tassan/Alicia Baker — Lamont Large Dining Room
French Chansons
Christine and Alicia will lead a special jam session focusing on singing French songs like ‘Que Reste-t-il de nos Amours’ and ‘La Vie En Rose’. 

Greg Ruby — Talbot Living Room
Oscar Alemán Tier L1 & L2
Oscar’s Out Chorus: Dive into Oscar-ology by learning Alemán’s classic Out-Chorus’s melodies.

Ric Molina — Talbot Basement
Demystifying Diminished
We will make sense of what a diminished idea is and how to really make it part of our bag.

Warren Sirota — Duckett Living Room
Effective Practicing Workshop L1 & L2

Description: Practicing breakthroughs don’t come from pushing relentlessly at your speed limitations; often, they come from mastering tiny technical details at very slow speeds and paying deep attention to what is going on in many dimensions (clarity, volume, posture, hand relaxation, fingering, etc.). A discussion about how “slow practice”, “deliberate practice”, “micropractice” and versatile exercise tracking can improve results.

Facilitated Jams

Level 1

Lisa Liu  — Albright Dining Room

Level 2

Jason Anick — Chase Living Room
Ken Allday — Chase Dining Room
Sami Arefin/Isaac Eicher — Chase Study
Bob Parins — Chase Parlor
Michael Joseph Harris — Lamont Host Dining Room

Level 3

Max O’Rourke — Northrop Study
Martin Gioani 
— Gillett Parlor
Brad Brose/Costel Nitescu — Northrop Dining Room
Aaron Weinstein— Northrop Living Room
Giacomo Smith — Gillett Dining Room

Level 4

Samy Daussat — Baldwin Dining Room
Noé Reinhardt/Caroline Bugala
— Baldwin HR

Saturday 4:00pm

Special Topics

Erwan Mellec/Thomas Le Briz — Unity Right
Jo Privat Jam!
Explore the fun, and surprisingly accessible, repertoire of Jo Privat with Erwan and Thomas. 

Denis Chang — Unity Left
Gypsy Jazz Guitar Technique
For those who are interested in developing or understanding how the so-called Gypsy Jazz technique works, I can show you many musical exercises to better understand how the technique works.

Adrian Holovaty — Albright Living Room
Johnny Smith Chords
Johnny Smith, a jazz guitarist active mostly in the 1950s, pioneered the use of piano-style voicings for his intricate chord melodies. These voicings can have a really nice effect in gypsy jazz; we’ll learn a bunch of them and talk about applications.

Greg Ruby Talbot Living Room
Oscar Aleman for L3 & L4
Oscar’s use of rhythm, note choice and phrasing gave his solos a unique sense of swing. We will deconstruct a few of these so you can add them into your vocabulary.

Ric Molina — Talbot Basement
Django Big Band
All levels. Reading is not required. We divide the group into brass, winds, and rhythm and we use the material from Django’s take to make an arrangement. Everybody solos. The song this time is Daphne.

Warren Sirota — Duckett Living Room
Effective Practicing Workshop L1 & L2

Description: Practicing breakthroughs don’t come from pushing relentlessly at your speed limitations; often, they come from mastering tiny technical details at very slow speeds and paying deep attention to what is going on in many dimensions (clarity, volume, posture, hand relaxation, fingering, etc.). A discussion about how “slow practice”, “deliberate practice”, “micropractice” and versatile exercise tracking can improve results.

Romane — Baldwin Living Room
Gypsy Jazz History, First Hand
Romane has lived the modern era of Gypsy jazz and lived in close contact with those of the previous generation. This session — translated by Vincent Leys — will be in a Question and Answer format but we propose that we not talk about technical matters related to playing this music. Rather, let’s discuss the cultural, personal and perhaps even political side of jazz manouche. Invite stories. You can be sure Romane has many to tell.

Facilitated Jams

Level 1

Zak Martel  — Albright Dining Room

Level 2

Jason Anick — Chase Living Room
Brad Brose — Lamont Living Room
Ken Allday — Chase Dining Room
Sami Arefin/Isaac Eicher — Chase Study
Alicia Baker/Michael Joseph Harris — Lamont Large Dining Room
Julien Cattiaux/Daniel John Martin — Lamont Host Dining Room

Level 3

Max O’Rourke / Caroline Bugala — Northrop Study
Martin Gioani 
— Gillett Parlor
Jack Soref   — Gillett Dining Room
Darius Scheider / Aaron Weinstein— Northrop Living Room
Daniel Givone— Gillett Living Room

Level 4

Giacomo Smith — Baldwin Dining Room