Jazz Night School offers two types of online combo experiences using free software. Both types will meet weekly for 90 minutes, for ten weeks with instructors and fellow ensemble members. Our combos represent a range of styles including mainstream jazz (from standards to post-bop), Trad Jazz, Hot Club Jazz, Latin/Salsa, and Brazilian. Virtual end-of-session performances are held to present music from all combos.
Live Online Combos
For Live Online Combos, students will convene weekly via a Jamulus server to learn and work on music, and play together in real-time, from remote locations. Visual contact is provided through Zoom when needed. More info on using Jamulus is available here.
Online Recording Combos
In Online Recording Combos, students will convene weekly in Zoom meetings to learn music and receive coaching. Between weekly meetings, students will practice on their own and work in BandLab to record their part of their combo’s performance. This process is extremely valuable because it allows students to get comfortable with hearing recordings of their playing, which can significantly increase their rate of improvement! More info on using BandLab is available here.
It was great to have an opportunity to play in a combo when an in-person setting was not possible. Overall I was impressed with how well we were able to play together with the assistance of the technology.
It was great to play music with others, again. I was able to play more than one instrument. Can't do that in a live rehearsal! Clif was an exceptional leader with excellent musical, recording, and technical skills. I went into the project just wanting to play music in a group, but I also learned so much about recording - bonus!
Great collaborative spirit and mutual appreciation as the projects improved week by week. I learned a lot about home recording and made good musical connections with new friends.
I got to hear what I really sound like and I could evaluate each and every note in my solo.
It was great to be able to play again in an ensemble setting. Amazing achievement by Jazz Night School, congratulations!! It was great to learn how to use the new technology. I was great to rely on ears only for a while.