Jazz Improvisation Workshop
Held from 1 Feb to 28 Mar 2008
jazz enthusiasts and amateur musicians with a desire to play jazz recently
had the opportunity to participate in a series of jazz workshops.
Although originally intended as a unique educational experience for
Southbelt residents, the six workshops drew participation from as far
afield as the Woodlands and
. Held at the
over a period of two months, the Jazz Improvisation Workshops introduced
musicians of varied skill level to jazz improvisation.
workshops were hosted by Consort Immanuel (www.consortimmanuel.org)
and presented by well-known jazz trumpeter and composer, Eddie Lewis.
From the first session, the participants (varying in age from 12 to mature
adult) were encouraged to exercise their new improvisation skills in the
non-threatening, expressive musical environment created within the
workshops. Lewis led the enthusiastic musicians on a hands-on
journey from the basics of getting started with improvisation, through
listening, improvisation techniques, and idiomatic expression, and
concluded the series with practical tips for performing.
Immanuel, a multifaceted musical arts organization based in the Southbelt
area, will host a workshop on 18 April that deals with performance anxiety
and a flute concert on 27 April. Both events, to be held at the
, are free of charge and open to the public. Anyone interested in
attending either of these events should visit www.consortimmanuel.org
for more details and instructions for reserving seats. Consort
Immanuel can also be contacted by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.