• Welcome to the MPMS Jazz Band program! 
     

    Piano  
     
     

     
     Click here for the  
     FINALS
    for the upcoming High Note Festival performance
    on Friday, May 19 
     
     

      
    Jazz Band This Week:
    (check this space before you leave home to come to rehearsal)
     
    It has been a great year, Jazz Band;
    Good Luck at HMS!
     
      
    Check out this link to hear the judge from the High Note Festival performance,
    with our band playing in the background: 
     https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B5A9wJfdpVMjV2gxZk9qYXpHMEU/view?usp=sharing
     

     
     
     
     
    Make sure that you have all of these dates on your calendar!
     

     
    JAZZ BAND: COURSE DESCRIPTION

     

    Jazz Band is an extra-curricular, non-credit course. Entrance is by audition; to qualify, students must be members in good standing of the MPMS Band program, with the following exception: students who play a "non band instrument" (i.e., an instrument not usually included in band, such as piano or guitar) need not be members of the Band program to qualify.
     
    Jazz Band rehearses between one and four mornings per week beginning in December; rehearsals are 7:45 - 8:25 am in the Band Room.
     
    Jazz Band performs three times during the last half of the school year:
    Livingston Jazz Festival (Wednesday, March 22, 2017) (Snow Date: March 29, 2017)
    Spring Band Concert (Thursday, May 24, 2017)
    High Note Festival in Freehold, NJ (Friday, May 19, 2017).
     
     

    "When is the next Jazz Band rehearsal????"
     
    It's easy to find out:
    Just go to Mr. Horn's Teacher Page/"Upcoming Events"
    It is important that you look on  Mr. Horn's Upcoming Events page often,
    because the rehearsal schedule will be different each week.
     
     

     
     
    "I didn't get all of the Jazz Band personal copies.
    What do I do?"
     
    If you are missing any personal copies of Jazz Band music,
    email Mr. Horn;
    in your email, put your name, your Band locker door number,
    and the parts you are missing.
     
     

     
    From our Jazz Improvisation Workshop:
     

     

    Soloists: Listen to how well this trumpet player (the great Lee Morgan)
    uses the Blues Scale (starts at 1:00):
    Copy and Paste this into your browser:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cv9NSR-2DwM
     
     
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    Here's a link to possibly the greatest jazz radio station in the world, WBGO 88.3 FM in Newark: http://wbgo.org/listennow/
     
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     Jazz Band Members:
    Learn this blues in Bb "head" (melody);
    we will be using it in performance. 
     
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dJLQMZBg6ro&list=RDdJLQMZBg6ro#t=7
     
    Freddie Freeloader by Miles Davis
    Please learn it in the key of Concert Bb 
     
     
     

     
     
    Check out this site; it has lots of great resources:
     
     
     
     
Last Modified on May 30, 2017