Month: October 2007

Jazz Day in Wakefield

Jazz Day In Wakefield – October 2007

The workshops featured The Jason Rebello Trio: Jason Rebello on piano,Arnie Somogyi on bass and Stephen Keogh on drums. Information about these musicians can be found on the website; www.globalmusicfoundation.org follow the link to “people”.

Our six students (Jenny Mulchrone, vocals, Nina Harries, bass, Nikki Hannent, alto sax, Daisy Hornsby, tenor sax, Charlotte Sykes & David Quigley, drums), joined with Queen Elizabeth Grammar School stud ents and other local jazz players, old and young, from around Wakefield / Leeds for a series of practical and historical audio workshops throughout the day. All three of the trio led different workshops. The bass player, Arnie Somogyi led “Audio History of Jazz” pointing out the key features of jazz styles from 1900 to 1950s. Jason Rebello ran an ensemble session where our six performed a jazz chart and Jason made comments on how we could improve as an ensemble. Stephen Keogh led a whole cohort session on a complex African polyrhythm chant which was later performed in the concert in the evening.

The evening concert gave us the opportunity to hear performances from the workshops but best of all to hear the trio play their own arrangements of “Thunderbirds” and “Spiderman” amongst others – truly inspirational.

After the massed performance of the African piece, which included a soprano sax solo from Nikki Hannent, Stephen Keogh, who runs a global music foundation (www.globalmusicfoundation.org – click link to jazz seminar), invited Nikki to attend a five day Latin & Jazz workshop in Benicasim in Spain 5-9th December . She will be tutored during her time by Julian Arguelles amongst others (details on the website). We hope that she brings these new ideas and skills back to us all at Northampton School for Girls.