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Jazz Composition & Arranging Class with Dave HansonSaturdays 11:30 am – 1:00 pm
Study the necessary elements of jazz arranging to make your music easy to understand in performance situations

The emphasis this Winter Semester will be on translating your ideas into practical performance situations: how to create clear and sight-readable lead sheets, rhythm section parts, and horn parts with correct transpositions, articulation marks, phrasing, and dynamics. To get your music “out into the world” you need to learn the techniques that allow you to collaborate efficiently with performers. We will of course be working on techniques of Jazz Composition and Arranging as well: melody writing, chord voicings, harmonic substitution, form, drama, and rhythm. Each student’s work-in-progress will be reviewed each week with my comments and advice, as well as reactions from your peers in the class: a lively and stimulating atmosphere for learning! And as always, new compositions will be debuted in a concert at the end of the semester.

DAVE HANSON is an arranger, composer, and pianist who has written for a diverse range of artists and ensembles, including the Boston Pops, Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York City, Denver Brass, Boulder Brass, USAF Falconaires, and Paul Winter. He is co-leader, with Al Hood, of the H2 Big Band whose 2011 release “You’re It” climbed to #10 on the Jazz Week radio chart, and was #1 on Bob Parlocha’s syndicated jazz radio show playlist. In the summer of 2018 H2 Big Band accompanied Take 6, Nnenna Freelon, Clint Holmes, and Kirk Whalum in a tribute to Ray Charles at Aspen, and more recently backed up Darius Rucker at the Vilar Center in Beaver Creek. Hanson teaches at the Lamont School of Music, University of Denver, and is actively performing and teaching in the Denver Area.

Also offering Jazz Piano Class with Jack Dunlevie

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Gift of Jazz—Jazz Composition & Arranging with Dave Hanson


January 22
11:30 am - 1:00 pm
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